Thursday, August 20, 2020
Yes, the title is true. I'm a hopeless romantic. I can tell you when it first started. It was, as always, folk tales. Ever since I was a child, I loved the tales of Cupid & Psyche, the Grimm Brothers' The True Bride, Ram & Sita (the Ramayana), Osiris and Isis, and many others.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020"Literature transforms the human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience."
Wednesday, June 24, 2020“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.” ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Friday, May 1, 2020
Alongside Tolkien and my uncle’s fantastical tales, I grew up with all kinds of folkloric genres. Bedtime consisted of all kinds of stories and tales, even songs - I remember fondly singing loudly the Jamaican folksong ‘Brown Girl in the Ring’ - lyrics I still know by heart.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Happy Tolkien Reading Day or, as I call it - and honestly it should be called this instead - World Tolkien Day. Since its conception in 2003 by the Tolkien Society, its aim is to encourage fans and readers to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, usually by reading their favorite passages! As an avid fan of Tolkien’s work, I wanted to share with you my personal feelings about J.R.R. Tolkien. This is no academic analysis of why I find him to be one of the greatest writers of his day. After all, he is the one who paved the way to (modern) mythopoeia.
Friday, January 31, 2020
Since we’re the oldest cultural institution in the city, New York City has a special place in our hearts. Notable figures - the writers, the artists, the poets, the librarians, and other bookish types - seem to gravitate to New York City and to our own doors in our five locations. We brag about the likes of Herman Melville, Willa Cather, and Henry James, our members who have marked history. However, who else’s footsteps are you walking in when you visit our neighborhood?