Libraries, Reading and Day-Dreaming

Author Neil Gaiman gave a lecture on October 15th as part of The Reading Agency annual lectures about the importance of libraries, reading and day-dreaming. In order to raise literacy in children, they need to know that reading is good. If a parent takes away a book because s/he considers it a ‘bad book’ then the child will believe that reading is frowned upon. In addition to having access to…

Oh, that is where the phrase came from!

The origins of expressions and phrases used every day are not given much thought. Haven’t you ever wondered how the English-speaking world came to use these phrases? Here are the histories of just a few common phrases. “Blood is thicker than water” Although this phrase implies the importance of familial bonds, the original phrase was actually “The blood of the covenant is far stronger than the water of the womb.”…

E-reader vs. Paperback

I recently read an article on Scientific American pertaining to how technology has changed the way we read. With the invention of e-readers such as Kindle, Nook and the iPad, people are forgoing the classic paperback novel and using e-readers. E-readers have many advantages, such as holding multiple books without the bulkiness that comes with paper. Avid readers may enjoy using e-readers while others prefer paper. There are many who…

Importance of Letters

What has happened to the presence of handwritten letters? Remember when you received a letter from a loved one? Or perhaps a festive invitation to an event with confetti popping out of the envelope? Besides the fact that I was born in the 90s, I do have an old soul. Receiving letters in the mail that do not pertain to a bill or credit card companies claiming you are “pre-approved”…

The Giver Movie

Filming has begun of the highly-anticipated movie version of the beloved Newberry Award winning novel, The Giver. Here is the run-down of the cast: Jonas will be played by Australian actor Brenton Thwaites. He is known for his work in Australian TV such as SLiDE and Home and Away. He has also starred in the TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening. Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski, Crazy Heart, and…

Definition of Violence

Violence is an act ubiquitous in the world today. As part of an assignment for Dr. Mackenzie’s American Literature class subtitled A Search for Identity Amidst Violence, Sanda Lingle, a first-year Kinesiology major, has created a beautifully written poem entitled Define Violence. Her poem is hauntingly realistic and brings the reader into the world of an innocent 10 year old who has since lost his innocence through violence. Despite her talent,…

Beowulf films and screenplays

This week I had the pleasure of attending Dr. Stodnick’s History of British Literature class. The assignment was to create a screenplay and film out of Beowulf’s death and legacy, lines 2710-3030 of the poem. The two films shown were creatively put together and at times, comical. Stephanie Bongiorno, Alex Novoa, and Jen Weldon created one film while Christopher Darling and Shawn Wyatt produced the other. In the first film,…

Greetings

Hello peers, my name is Lauren McManus and I will be contributing to this magnificent blog. I am currently a senior English major and am excitedly awaiting graduation, while contemplating the answers to the dreaded question of what will you do with your English degree? By completing this internship of writing, I hope to find affirmation for the future of English majors. While writing is a great outlet, the endless…