Books

In the realm of journalism, ethics are the bedrock upon which credibility stands.  The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics serves as a guiding light, emphasizing integrity, accuracy, and respect for truth. However, in the murky waters of tabloid publications, these principles are not just ignored—they’re trampled upon with...

There is a wealth of information online pertaining to every topic imaginable, especially when it comes to recipes, cooking tips and tricks, and the best advice for hosting a home-cooked meal.  For generations, word-of-mouth, dog-eared physical cookbooks and hand-me-down written recipes were the cornerstones of learning how to cook properly...

Although the crime, thriller, and mystery genres are not for all readers, there are a few titles that are undeniable works of art in literature.  “A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder” (2019), written by Holly Jackson, is a breakout debut that touches every base of what a quality mystery should...

One of the most successful authors of all time, Stephen King, is happy that his horror novel Rage has been pulled from shelves and will never be printed again. Rage was published by King under the pseudonym of Richard Bachman. Originally titled Getting It On, the psychological thriller was published...

William Shakespeare is the most well-known playwright and poet. In fact, he is so well-known, that most high school students cannot name another poet. Students are taught about sonnets and iambic pentameter, and that is as far as poetic education goes; they have a very narrow, suffocated view of poetic...

BookTok has devolved into an age where literature is ignored, and “spicy” dark romances are endlessly raved over and given a platform. While there is nothing wrong with romance novels, there is an inherent issue in dark romance books: they often depict abusive relationships in a positive, glorified, romanticized way....

In the digital age, convenience often comes at a cost, and nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of retail.  Online shopping, epitomized by the behemoth Amazon, has revolutionized the way we consume goods. Yet, amidst the allure of doorstep delivery and competitive pricing lies a less-discussed consequence:...

Don Delillo’s 1985 postmodern masterpiece White Noise was supposed to serve as a warning against rampant consumerism and ecological disaster; instead, it is our current reality. An early scene in the novel features our protagonist, Jack Gladney, visiting the most photographed barn in America on a road trip. He quietly...

I, like many other book reviewers, have been harassed and attacked by an author. The popular book-centered social media platform GoodReads allows anyone who loves reading to leave a review, and the relationship between authors and their reviewers has become more perilous. This relationship should be one of mutual respect,...

There is a common misconception that comics are for children; worse, there is a misconception that comics are for uneducated people who read at a low level. This simply isn’t the case. Comics and graphic novels can tell compelling, emotional, dark, adult stories. The first graphic novel I read was...

One rule that fanfiction writers obey without fault is to not profit from their writing, but some vendors on popular websites like Etsy are under fire for illegally selling printed and bound books. Fanfiction can be legally written and shared by writers who adore specific books, TV shows, films, video...

Social media has had a heavy hand in influencing which popular culture and media gets the most attention for decades.  If you wanted the best recommendations and reviews for movies, books, television shows, music, and more, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter (X) and even Pinterest and Reddit were there to connect...

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