Books That May Become Future Classics

In one of my recent posts, I grappled with the question what makes a classic and I thought that this week's prompt of classic remarks hosted by the brilliant creators of PagesUnbound is a perfect extension to the discussion. The prompt is: What is a contemporary book you think might become a classic?  Or should … Continue reading Books That May Become Future Classics

Crash Course German #4: Learning Tenses with Famous Children’s Books

Willkommen zurück! It's already been 2 months since I uploaded my last crash course German, so I thought it was about time I uploaded a new lesson! In my last two posts, I talked a lot about German objects, so for this post I thought I'd concentrate on German verbs and tenses for a change. … Continue reading Crash Course German #4: Learning Tenses with Famous Children’s Books

Why You Should Learn A New Language

Hello! ¡Hola! Salut! Ciao! Hallo! nǐ hǎo! While it's never been easier to learn a new language, fewer people bother to do so. It makes sense. If you speak English, you get along everywhere. It's the language of business, of finance, of the internet, of music, of international politics. Wherever you travel in the world, … Continue reading Why You Should Learn A New Language

Back to the Roots: Shakespeare in Pop Culture

Have you ever wondered what Shakespeare's characters would do if they lived in our times? Well, according to recent movie adaptations, Romeo and Juliet date amidst a gang war, Katherine is a feminist high-school student, Viola shows off her talent on the football field, Othello tries out for the basketball team, Beatrice and Benedick quarrel … Continue reading Back to the Roots: Shakespeare in Pop Culture

“We Are All Migrants Through Time”: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

What image comes to mind when you hear the word 'migrants'? People jammed together on small boats or crawling underneath barbed wire fences? It's no surprise that this is what immediately pops into most people's head. Mainstream media is full of such images. And it is precisely this picture that Mohsin Hamid tries to revise … Continue reading “We Are All Migrants Through Time”: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West

Completing the Puzzle: Atwood’s The Testaments

Writing a sequel to a book that's been loved by so many readers for more than three decades is definitely a risk to take, but Margaret Atwood took the chance nevertheless. With The Testaments she published the highly-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid's Tale just last year. As someone who's loved the first book, my expectations … Continue reading Completing the Puzzle: Atwood’s The Testaments