The Bell Jar’s Influence: Anniversary Edition

The Bell Jar’s Influence: Anniversary Edition

The first line in The Bell Jar is a hook: “It was a… sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” The person speaking is Esther Greenwood, a smart, straight-A, dark-humored and, as the story goes on, depressed protagonist. The book was published in London on January 14th, 1963 under a pseudonym Victoria Lucas, one month before the actual author, Sylvia Plath, committed suicide. People had to wait almost a decade for its publication in The United States. It is the only novel Plath ever wrote. image via vintag.es …

The Courtney Love of Letters has Passed Away

The Courtney Love of Letters has Passed Away

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Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of Prozac Nation has died at the age of 52 of metastatic breast cancer.     Image via LA Times Wurtzel wrote more than several influential books, but was known for her book Prozac Nation as it opened up a dialogue about depression that changed America. Wurtzel was very open about her struggles with mental illness. The book was eventually turned into a film in 2001 starring Christina Ricci. She was also known for her forward-thinking culture critiques and somewhat inflammatory opinions, as well as her strong feminist belief system. She was dubbed, “the Courtney Love of …

Celebrating the Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Celebrating the Anniversary of Jane Austen’s “Emma”

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On December 25th, 1815, Jane Austen’s novel Emma was published at the author’s own financial expense in London, England. Austen retained the copyright and paid a 10 percent commission to publisher John Murray II Publishing House. In America, the book was $4 a copy. It received mixed reviews at first, but as time passed it gained more popularity until everyone came to love the heroine, Emma Woodhouse. This must have been a surprise to Jane Austen, who had previously stated she was creating a character “whom no one but myself will much like.” image via The Daily Mail Perhaps Jane Austen …

Scorched by Camelot? Carly Simon’s Memoir Reveals Truths About Jackie O

Scorched by Camelot? Carly Simon’s Memoir Reveals Truths About Jackie O

In Carly Simon’s memoir Touched by the Sun, Simon reveals supposed truths about her life and friendship between her and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. Carly’s father was the founder of Simon and Schuster, but Carly grew up to be something big in her own right. Jackie was a motherly figure to her. When Carly marries her second husband, Jim, who happened to have been expelled from the seminary due to breaking the rule of celibacy, Jackie has serious reservations about this. “Jim is not for you Carly, he’s got to get a life.” Further on, “…if he doesn’t get a …

“Despair Makes Us Fall and a Fall Makes Us Laugh”

“Despair Makes Us Fall and a Fall Makes Us Laugh”

The Crying Book isn’t sad. This New York Times Bestseller explores tears in a very original way; the author doesn’t follow a linear path, but reflects on crying and its origins in small, isolated, almost stanzaic paragraphs. This book is a historical, philosophical, existential probe into who, what, how, and why humans (and animals) cry. Heather Christle draws from historical and personal resources in order to weave together an intimate and educational book. image via amazon   One of the beautiful and poetic ideas the author lands on in the book is that tears don’t necessarily fall. Or they do, …