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5 Essential Reads Under 200 Pages

Midterms eating into your reading time? Try these five short reads for a quick cultural fix. Animal Farm by George Orwell – 92 pages George Orwell’s classic farm tale doubling…

A timeline of gothic literature

1765: English novelist Horace Walpole writes The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story, widely considered to be the first gothic novel. The story, set in a haunted castle, lacks some…

The importance of cultural context in reading classics

While it is their very essence for classics to be timeless in their messages and themes, it’s impossible to completely remove them from time. Cultural context is of utmost importance…

Author Spotlight: George Saunders

“Tuesday morning, Jillian from Disasters calls. Apparently an airman named Loolerton has poisoned a shitload of beavers” opens the first two lines of the absurdist dystopian short story, CommComm. From…

Can books really help us psychologically? The numerous mental health benefits of reading

When asked the question “can books help us psychologically?” most people would likely agree wholeheartedly. There’s a consensus in the belief that reading makes you “smarter” in the sense that…