If you think I’m about to ruin your childhood by reading the Grinch as gay character, you’d be even more disappointed to discover the truth about Dr. Seuss.

Did you know that The Cat in the Hat was based on blackface performance, and that The Sneetches was originally written as…


The Italian Plaza, Ron Hicks

Wander(lust), the debut novella of Canadian author Jasmine Mah, simply put, is a written journey through the soul of every hopeless romantic and hopeless wanderer.

In this reflective first-person narrative, Jasmine Mah manages to capture ephemeral glimpses of love stories that read like an impressionist painting, with simultaneously as much…


19 of the 25 worst U.S. coronavirus outbreaks are in college towns, so if applying to party schools is the top priority of your college search, you’ll want to jot these ones down.

Wherever you go to college, you’ll find that students work hard as much as they play hard…


Children are like little sponges, and there’s no arguing that education opens minds. In the third grade, the novel Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White did exactly that, inspiring me and the rest of my 8-year-old classmates to become vegetarians.

Although it wasn’t E.B. White’s intention, the personification of the characters…


I used to believe that I couldn’t possibly churn out a good piece of writing unless I was doing so in a coffee shop in between sips of iced coffee. That was until the coronavirus caused the closure of my local Starbucks, and I was forced to set aside my…


Original Artwork by R.E. Parish

It doesn’t come as a surprise that a growing number of today’s bestselling books were originally written as fanfiction. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James was originally Twilight fanfiction, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare was based on the Harry Potter novels, and After by Anna Todd was…


Original Artwork by Veronika Skalická, 2018

If you’ve ever been in love, you’ve only experienced half of what Gollum and The Ring do in their 478-year-long love story. Perhaps the most underrated couple in modern literature, we could all stand to learn a little something about passion from this hot and heavy pair from J.R.R. Tolkien’s…


Every day in high school, as soon as the dismissal bell rang at 3 o’clock, I’d gather my belongings from my locker and head to the computer lab or the school library to do my homework.

Like 19% of school-age children in America, I didn’t have WiFi or a computer…


This is part three of a series where we reclaim the problematic narratives of well-known Dr. Seuss books. From exoticism to blackface, Dr. Seuss’ bigotry was implicitly reflected in the storylines, messages, and illustrations of the children’s books we’ve been reading for generations.

For this installment, we’ll reread Horton Hears…


In the last installment of the “Sorry, Dr. Seuss” Series we learned that The Sneetches was originally anti-semitic, The Cat in the Hat was inspired by blackface, and many of Dr. Seuss’ most well-known books are filled with problematic illustrations and hidden messages disguised as wholesome life lessons portrayed through…

Kalea Martin

An editorial writer and linguist with a background in trade book publishing and a B.A. in Romance Languages & Literature.

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