The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

Le Guin, Ursula K. (1969). The Left Hand of Darkness. Ace Books; New York.  You can read a lot of great reviews, analyzes, and summaries of The Left Hand of Darkness online (for an example, check out the humorously-written cheat sheets over at Shmoop). Indeed, this Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel has been critically acclaimed…

This Mud Puddle Lures Me

This past weekend, the time jumped one hour ahead and the hope of spring erupted into everyone’s hearts. After weeks of negative 30 degree Celsius temperatures and seemingly endless snowy, icy, grey days, we had plus-six degrees outside today. Giant piles of snow started to sweat and release their hard-packed bulk into the streets and…

The Romance of Snow

Sometime early this morning, I peeked out the darkened windows and saw an unusual brightness touching the landscape – a dull but persistent light shining off the very ground itself. Closer inspection revealed that this phenomenon was caused by snow. Snow is a meteorological event that can inspire romance on the one hand (there’s nothing…

It’s that Time of Year Again!

What time of year is it, you might be wondering? Let me paint you a portrait: when you peek out your window in the morning from your warm, cozy nest of pillows and blankets, the landscape is coated in sullen, dark-grey ice and perhaps a bit of snow (though there’s never enough snow to make…