The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Plath, Sylvia. (1963, 2009). The Bell Jar. Faber and Faber Limited; London.  I recently came across a compilation of 49 quotes from Sylvia Plath on Thought Catalog and it reminded me of her notorious (and only) novel. The Bell Jar goes into a category all its own in the world of novels – not only…

The Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

Hesse, Herman. (2002, 1927). Steppenwolf. Picador; United Kingdom. My first exposure to the work of Herman Hesse was in his most well-known book, Siddhartha. While Siddhartha relies heavily on the stories and principles of Eastern mysticism to engage with a series of (very distinct) self-discovery experiences, Steppenwolf is set in European culture and addresses the…

Happy Halloween! And Why I Can’t Compete

Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope that you all survived last night – whether you were hiding out from vandals in Ontario or Michigan (i.e. Devil’s Night), or fearing a rather serious prank from a neighbor in the United Kingdom (i.e. Mischief Night). Although October 30th does go by many names depending on where you live,…

We’re Unemployed Because…..

As I sit down to write this post, I struggle to formulate the words needed to properly frame the three news stories that I am about to present to you. These stories have all been published today – Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 – from the context of three separate countries (Canada, the United Kingdom, and…