As an eternal student, autumn reading – to me – means heading back to university and ploughing through stacks of books for all of my different classes. It means French poetry collections, gothic tales, plays about angsty princes, and Russian novels. It means boarding school campuses and […]
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There’s something seductive about the campus novel. Even those of us who have made careers of academia are attracted to the esoteric, cabalistic worlds contained between its pages. There are the obvious examples—A Separate Peace, The Secret History, even Harry Potter—but the genre is much […]
The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville are impossible to ignore. Where we stand here at The Attic is and should be crystal clear. Where everyone stands ought to be so because there is only one place to stand. There are not and have never been “many sides” to the issue. Either you stand against white supremacy or you accept it*… and if you accept it, well… you should know where that puts you.**
While we firmly stand against white supremacists at The Attic (read Political Editor Lauren Olmeda’s article here), we still need to face the fact that many of us are white, have grown up in predominantly-white countries (four of us in the US itself), and have consequently culturally been rather white-washed. No matter how vigilant we may think we are, we still end up consuming predominantly white media.
I want to learn about race in America and introduce diversity to my bookshelf. Where do I start?
Summer is possibly one of my favourite times to read. The long evenings filled with stretching shadows and golden light, the bright mornings dusted with birdsong, even the drizzle-heavy days where the flowers dampen and we all complain about the humidity; the warmest months of […]
Summer vacation growing up for me typically meant entire days sat at the local library, piles of books all around me. There wasn’t a day I didn’t browse every aisle for any arrival I may have missed, adding more and more to my piles and haggling the 10 book limit with librarians. At university, I chose an apartment based on its proximity to the university library, and upgraded a tiny table covered in novels to a cozy seating area and a coffee table covered in art books.
Summers in my early twenties typically meant entire days seated at the local coffee shop, devouring pages while sipping far too much iced espresso for mine or anyone’s good. While then that may have gone for several uninterrupted days or weeks, since starting work full time that’s become more like one to two days a month. Still, I tend to tie objects to memories, and any time I find myself reading in a coffee shop, waiting out the latest thunderstorm, I feel 21 again.
To me, the best summer reads are hundreds of pages long, allowing the reader to escape from the sweltering heat and the drone of lawnmowers. Summer isn’t my favourite season, but I certainly loved the freedom it once brought when I was a student as I sprawled out on my parents’ deck furniture, glass of wine in one hand and book in the other, the summer sun lazily setting over the tops of the trees. Now my summer reads take place at the weekend, soaking in every minute I can of uninterrupted fantasy before heading back to work come Monday.
The month of June has now drawn to a close. June is widely recognised as Pride Month in LGBT+ communities across the world, but milestones in gay liberation come all year round. As we wave a fond farewell to 2017’s month of pride we welcome […]