To Be Or Not To Be (Yourself)

It is a truth universally agreed on Rotten Tomatoes that The Emoji Movie hot trash that's not to be touched with a ten-foot pole. Yet, I rated it quite highly. Perhaps I did so because I was in a vulnerable part of my life. As my brother's high school English professor famously said, all art…

A Job Is Just A Job: On Being Who You Are

What do you do when you start hating your job? When I first started my last job, I was excited. I loved it because I went out into the world and built relationships with people. I connected with them and talked about their goals and the pressures they faced. Then the job changed. The organization…

The First-Person Novel: Why You Shouldn’t Write One

I've wondered about whether to use the first or the third person voice in my own novel, and I've come to conclude that I personally cannot stand to read most first-person novels. More often than not, they're a break from what John Gardener calls the fictive dream. You see, more often than not, you end…

The Truth About Great Literature

In the most recent issue of Poets & Writers, Steve Almond writes about some interesting issues in his article, "The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect." In it, he attempted an amateur psychoanalysis of his students' skepticism towards the actual greatness of the stories anthologised in Best American Short Stories. To this extent, I…