William Faulkner, “Kilroy Was Here,” & the Purpose of Literature

Hi, friends. I’ve been trying to find the author of a quote that my old 20th-century American Lit professor referenced frequently; it states that art makes sense of and gives meaning to life. In my search, I stumbled across a William Faulkner interview with great quotes about writing. He uses “Kilroy was here” in a comparison at one point, and I thought it’d be fun to share the quote and explain what he’s implying with that reference.

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Free Speech: USA vs. Other Countries

Hi, friends. Last week, Poland made headlines when its president said he would sign a bill prosecuting people who specifically implicate Poland in the Holocaust; for instance, the phrase “Polish death camps” would be illegal. The justification is that Polish citizens were victims rather than oppressors in WWII with the Nazis occupying their land against their will. As an American, the idea that *saying something* would be illegal sounds authoritarian.  I got curious and decided to explore the speech laws in other countries.  Continue reading “Free Speech: USA vs. Other Countries”

Black History Month: What Are Jubilee Singers?

Hi, friends. This week’s BHM post relates to a phrase I’ve encountered multiple times in researching African-American spirituals. Rev. Thomas Dorsey, author of MLK Jr’s favorite hymn, briefly worked with the Pace Jubilee Singers, and John Wesley Work II, author of a beloved Christmas carol, played an integral role in the Fisk Jubilee Singers. In this post, we’ll explore the history and significance of jubilee singers to music.

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How Victorian Ladies Survived Winter

Hi, friends. The harshness of the weather may vary depending on your location, but in the southern US, winter has been brutal. Several inches of snow last week gave me a lot of time to read, watch movies, and think (be lazy).

I’m a huge fan of Victorian novels (British, mid to late 1800’s, often bildungsroman). I’ve published a book showing here for Jane Eyre, I’m wrapping up a post about David Copperfield, and I’m currently reading The Portrait of a Lady. [Not to worry if those don’t interest you, as I’ve also read a graphic novel, southern lit, and a dystopian fiction recently. And I’m planning posts unrelated to books.] Continue reading “How Victorian Ladies Survived Winter”