[Review] Call Me by Your Name

Dear Reader, Was there ever a more insidious emotion than desire? I recently finished reading the novel Call Me by Your Name by Italian author André Aciman, which features ‘desire’ as a key theme of the story. Call Me by Your Name is a 2007 romantic fiction novel set in Italy in 1987. The book... Continue Reading →

Famous, Funny, Female

Dear Reader, In the ever-expanding ocean of books, which waves are most likely to sweep you away? Some of us read deeply—checking out all books by the same author and others in the same genre—while others tend to read more broadly—choosing a mystery here or a sci-fi there, etc. And, of course, some of us... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Picture of Dorian Gray

Dear Reader, In times of personal uncertainty, sometimes learning about the plights of others is the best escape. In this spirit, I picked up a copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray and listened to it on audiobook. This book is a gothic classic written by Oscar Wilde. Filled with philosophical musings and quote-worthy moments this book... Continue Reading →

Death is Number Two

Dear Reader, Jerry Seinfeld famously said, “According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two.” As a work opportunity, I participated in a two-part ‘introduction into presentation’ skills course. On day one, eleven employees were in attendance. When we were asked if public speaking was our worst fear, a... Continue Reading →

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