Genre: 7th

JONAH HUR

“‘It is also said,’ answered Frodo, ‘Go not to the Elves for Council, for they will say both no and yes.’” (Chapter Three Three is Company) When Frodo was little his adopted father Bilbo Baggins was a legend in the Shire for bringing riches back from a journey that no one really expected him to Read more…

ISABELLA WANG

Isabella is the youngest student to ever take my The Art of the Personal Essay (ed. Phillip Lopate) unit, and has just finished reading Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting”. Woolf is in need of a pencil one evening in London. It is a wintry evening as she walks across town, and “the champagne brightness of the Read more…

JONATHAN LIM

John Bellairs and Edward Gorey: a Winning Combination The cover of the gripping The Ghost in the Mirror by John Bellairs features a massive rock, strewn with snow, so high that Rose Rita could be taken for a cold-looking doll at the bottom. The illustration, by the famous and taste-making Edward Gorey (1925-2000) transports the Read more…

JONAH HUR

How to Ruin a Great Author? Ask Hollywood to make a movie on their book! What is magic? You may think that magic can be a number of things, that magic can turn everyday objects into objects that can do human-like things, making the impossible possible. Humans can fly, polar bears can travel through time, Read more…

JONAH HUR

They had a rolling staircase, a heavy mobile staircase on castors, which a team of servants manned; when Zeus wanted to leave his luxurious apartment, or even get a snack of baklava in the kitchen, he chose a window, whistled to his team, and they rolled it over. These guards protected every entrance of the house.