Why I Loved The Secret History and the Invasion of Academic Aesthetics

"Death is the mother of beauty," said Henry."And what is beauty?""Terror.""Well said," said Julian. "Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming."I looked at Camilla, her face bright in the sun, and thought of line from the Iliad I love so much, about Pallas Athene and the terrible … Continue reading Why I Loved The Secret History and the Invasion of Academic Aesthetics

Why I’m Not Saying “Good Riddance” to 2020

2020 has been one of the most challenging years of my life. Not excluding public problems, family and home life went under fire this year in a myriad of possible ways, and it has been a test, a trial, and a grievance. But it has also been a chance. A chance to become something more, … Continue reading Why I’m Not Saying “Good Riddance” to 2020

“A Mind in Good Order”: What Marcus Aurelius Gave Me for Advent

There have been few years like 2020. I'm coming to the end of the fall semester this week, and I know once I send in my final assignment, I shall flop onto the academic floor in a crumpled, romantic heap worthy of Dickensian applause. Or I may look more like Baby Yoda falling asleep. Either … Continue reading “A Mind in Good Order”: What Marcus Aurelius Gave Me for Advent

My Star Wars Renaissance: The (Sort of) Meaningless Rant of a Prequel Era Fan

So I just got back into Star Wars. I say got back because lately I've felt rather indifferent towards the whole fandom, and my extra time outside of school has been consumed by Doctor Who, dark academia, theology, and unlimited amounts of medieval literature. I've grown up on the original Star Wars trilogy. Luke, Han, … Continue reading My Star Wars Renaissance: The (Sort of) Meaningless Rant of a Prequel Era Fan

On Being an Academically Inclined Latina and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

You know, I do not talk about my heritage as often as I would enjoy. For those of you who are unaware, I am a mixed bag of three races: Mexican (50%), African (25%), and European (25%). You can read all about my thoughts on being multi-racial in this post I wrote around this time … Continue reading On Being an Academically Inclined Latina and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

“You will run, it will walk”: Grief and the Twelfth Doctor

My favorite incarnation of the Doctor is the twelfth. Peter Capaldi. Bottle-top crunching eyebrows and grumpy Scottish accent. When I first started watching Capaldi's take on the Doctor, I was somewhat indifferent and had to adjust quite rapidly to the sudden mood shift. First of all, allow me to explain that until I watched Capaldi's … Continue reading “You will run, it will walk”: Grief and the Twelfth Doctor

“What We Stay Alive for”: Why We Need Art to be Fully Human

Well, it looks as if every other Monday is going to be the new posting schedule from here on out. I do realize that I did not post last week, and it was quite difficult to just let that sit. But, I am in my senior year of university and only a few months away … Continue reading “What We Stay Alive for”: Why We Need Art to be Fully Human

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever: J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Welp. Hello, my beautiful friends. I send my most heartfelt apologies as I know I was unable to post this past week. I almost wasn't able to post this morning either! Today marks day one of the final week of summer term, which brings with it exams, essays, and portfolio compilations. I have been swimming … Continue reading A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever: J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor