I can’t get into the habit of reading e-books. In fact, I can only read so much from a computer screen before I’m searching for the nearest print button. The idea of carrying books on an electronic device that weighs no more than two pounds and takes up less space than the latest edition of […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: What a Great Book(Cover)"
Jay Gatsby spent his entire life creating an elaborate façade to enable himself to climb the social ladder to “greatness”. Climbing the social ladder to greatness is an American dream that so many adhere to but what is the greatness that we seek, is it for us all to equally enjoy, and can it ever […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: Lines of Class Traversed but not Broken"
Jay Gatsby is the great and mysterious driving force behind F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel, The Great Gatsby. That’s a lot of “greats” for one guy. What really makes Gatsby so great? And is his greatness real or is it just a euphemism for the American dream gone wrong? At first glance Gatsby would […]Read more "The Great Gatsby: Debunked"
I have to admit, while reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, the character of Myrtle Wilson made my stomach turn a bit. Although I saw the 1974 film adaptation of the book a few years ago, the most memorable scenes for me included Myrtle. In the film and the novel, she can be seen […]Read more "Myrtle Wilson: For Love or Money"
Before relocating from Brooklyn to upstate New York, I read and studied lots about Sanford Biggers’ upcoming exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. I read reviews about his works, and I explored interviews and videos about his methodologies, travels, and inspirations. Biggers’ exhibition was highly anticipated, and I must admit that I was disappointed to learn […]Read more "The Unexpected Nature of it All: The Legacy of Lynching in America"
Throughout my life, my mother has often said to me that she “won’t allow someone to cry alone in her presence.” With such a role model in my life, it’s no surprise that I grew up being a person who is acutely sensitive to the pain of those around him. It is very easy for […]Read more "Brutality on Display"
During the short story “Big Boy Leaves Home” by Richard Wright, the title character and his friend Bobo are on the run after shooting the white man who killed two of their friends. As they run, Bobo says to Big Boy several times, “Theys gonna lynch us.”  In the end, Bobo is captured, tortured, […]Read more "Remembering"
In August 1955, a fourteen-year-old boy named Emmett Till went to visit his cousin Simeon Wright in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till was African American. One day during the visit, the two boys ventured to Bryant’s Grocery and Meat Market, when Emmett decided to whistle at Carolyn Bryant, the white store clerk who owned the store […]Read more "How Long Does it Take to Make Change?"