The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

Anyone familiar with Facebook is also likely familiar with the popular photoblog, Humans of New York. It is a relatively simple idea- the creators take a picture of somebody on the streets of New York City, and ask them questions- which results in the excerpt that accompanies their photograph, which can be anything from a… Continue reading The Genius of Humans of New York: or, Why Everyone’s Story Matters

“Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

"Only amnesiacs have no regrets" is perhaps one of the most profound statements in Jean-Michel Guenassia's The Incorrigible Optimists Club. It holds particular relevance with the novel itself, as the club is made up of members who fled from behind the iron curtain, leaving jobs, wives and children behind them for the sake of their lives and… Continue reading “Only Amnesiacs Have No Regrets”- Jean-Michel Guenassia’s The Incorrigible Optimists Club

The Girls by Emma Cline

Emma Cline's The Girls tells the story of Evie Boyd, an ex-member of a cult in 1970's  Petaluma, California. The novel begins properly with Evie's present- a somewhat run-of-the-mill, paycheck to paycheck life, in which she house-sits in various places and does little else. However, we have already been introduced to her colorful past in the two… Continue reading The Girls by Emma Cline