Saved by Camellias: Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog

We often hide our true selves from people around us. Perhaps our authenticity is actually what the world needs. To the upper class people who live in her elegant Parisian apartment building, Renée Michel is a simple concierge. They would never guess the secret that she guards every waking minute. It is a terrible weight … Continue reading Saved by Camellias: Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Quote for Today: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Because I'm a Karamazov. Because when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I'm even pleased that I'm falling in just such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. ―Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov Witold Pruszkowski, Falling Star, 1884    

Revealing the Internal Voice: Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man

  If our internal dialogues were revealed, what would the world learn? None of us could bear that kind of scrutiny. We are each far more wonderful and far more horrible than anyone could imagine. Thankfully, in A Single Man, Christopher Isherwood supplies us with the internal dialogues of a fictional character. George may not … Continue reading Revealing the Internal Voice: Christopher Isherwood’s A Single Man