Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

For busy college students like me whose reading mainly consists of textbooks and articles for class, or anyone with little time on their hands, reading full-length novels from start to finish can feel quite daunting. Luckily, there are all kinds of things to read in the bookstore, the library, or out in the World Wide Web — from 500-plus page novels, to shorter novellas or … Continue reading Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

Ever since coming to UCLA, I can never find the time between my academics, work, extracurriculars, family, relationships, or social life to just read books for the sake of reading. Anything I do read during the quarter is often assigned through my classes and they’re often terribly boring and dry. These past few years at UCLA, I’ve wistfully day dreamt of reading something like Harry … Continue reading Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

I stumbled upon Unsplendid Magazine on accident, actually. I was looking through a list of online literary journals and saw Unsplendid on the list. Intrigued by the title, I Googled the name, found their website, and was greeted with the front cover of their latest issue. Its description: “an online journal of poetry in received and nonce forms.” I clicked on an issue and began to … Continue reading Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

Gabriel García Márquez’s, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a short story about a man named Pelayo and his wife Elisenda who profit off of an old man with enormous wings that Pelayo finds in his backyard. Throughout the story, Pelayo and his wife allow visitors to come and see the old man who resides in their house. They ask the wise neighbor … Continue reading “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

It Wasn’t Until I Was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful

A few weeks ago, our team at WSP started to focus on creative nonfiction, a literary genre that Wikipedia defines as the utilization of  “literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives.” Basically, it’s supposed to be a true story but written in a creative manner that is supposed to entertain the reader. Learning more about the genre, I decided to go online and … Continue reading It Wasn’t Until I Was an Old Woman that I Began to Enjoy Being Beautiful

Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

Long before stories were recorded down as written word, people would tell tales to each other incorporating the medium of music. Songs incorporated both words and melody, which I think made it easier for people to remember them. Today, we often don’t consider popular music as venerated literature because it is so accessible and ubiquitous. However, when we take a deeper look into song lyrics, … Continue reading Poetic Music: Rihanna’s Anti

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

August 2016. Returning from a grueling nine weeks of intensive Japanese classes, I decided to spend the remaining four weeks of summer break by lounging on the couch eating noodles and catching up on all the books I hadn’t had a chance to read during the school year. After three weeks reveling in all the stress-free goodness of break though, I discovered to my dismay … Continue reading The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I wish I had a time turner right about now. Week five feels more like week seven already! During winter break, I read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two. I picked it up because it seemed easy to read since it’s written in play format. I find plays easier to read because the reader knows who’s saying what lines and … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Traversing “Fort Red Border” with Kiki Petrosino

In many ways, Kiki Petrosino’s “Fort Red Border” embodies a lot of what I imagine my future child to be like. He will be silly, he will be insightful, honest, proud; he will be a little bit tongue in cheek. Like my child, the poems in Petrosino’s debut poetry collection grow and learn, showing a depth to them that can only be associated with self … Continue reading Traversing “Fort Red Border” with Kiki Petrosino

Suggested Reading: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

I don’t usually read new fiction. By new fiction I mean fiction published within the last two years. The most recent “new” novel I read was All the Light We Cannot See, and I technically haven’t finished that novel (I’m a really slow reader). Some people might say “Hey, 2014 isn’t that old,” but it is. By this time next year there will be thousands … Continue reading Suggested Reading: History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy

Whether we like to ponder upon it or not, the way in which teacher, tutors, professors, etc. educate us is important.  As students, education surrounds us constantly and it can make a huge impact on the way we learn. Do you remember having that really awesome teacher in your classroom? Did you like going to class, conversing with your teacher, and generally enjoy what you … Continue reading Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy

Suggested Reading – Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott

I assume that the vast majority of individuals who have endured high school English literature will know a bit about the author-poet “Louisa May Alcott” – if I asked someone to name a novel of hers, most people would at least be able to recall either Little Women or Jo’s Boys, or maybe both. But I doubt anyone would name Flower Fables. I stumbled upon … Continue reading Suggested Reading – Flower Fables by Louisa May Alcott

Immigrants in Our Own Land by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Jimmy Santiago Baca  is a well established American poet whom I read while I was at my community college. Baca first began writing poetry in prison, and his poetry was the first I had ever encountered that spoke about immigrants. Baca’s poem titled Immigrants In Our Own Land is a narrative on the immigrant experience in which the narrator also takes us on a journey … Continue reading Immigrants in Our Own Land by Jimmy Santiago Baca

Kimiko Hahn’s Toxic Flora

When I think of poetry, one of the last things that comes to mind is the realm of science. To me, poetry speaks of strong emotions, vivid memories, and potential futures. Science just makes me think of igneous rocks and photosynthesis and gallbladders. What’s so great about Kimiko Hahn’s 2010 poetry collection Toxic Flora, then, is that it manages to break into the often esoteric … Continue reading Kimiko Hahn’s Toxic Flora

Archives: The Joy Luck Club

This post is a Suggested Reading piece from our Archives. It was first published in 2014 and was written by one of our past counselors named Michelle Lee. These are her words…   When I make a mental list of authors whose works I’ve read throughout both my academic career and for personal enjoyment, I must confess that it is decidedly masculine—with a few notable exceptions, of course!  One of … Continue reading Archives: The Joy Luck Club

Their Dogs Came With Them

Before I became a college student, the world around me was, for the most part, covered by rose colored glasses. I knew that social injustice – issues that regarded race, gender, economic class, social class, disabilities, etc. – existed. But what about the consequences it could have on communities and individuals alike? When I started my college career, specifically when I transferred to UCLA, I … Continue reading Their Dogs Came With Them

The One Hundred Year Old Man…

Poignant and unabashedly presumptuous, Jonas Jonasson’s satiric account of a one hundred year old man’s tumultuous trek through time is laced with every element of corruption you can name – betrayal, criminal injustice, sadism, homicide, murder… and it’s hilarious. The 100 Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared recounts the fictitious tale of Allan Karlsson – a restless, free-spirited soul who … Continue reading The One Hundred Year Old Man…

“Barbie Q” by Sandra Cisneros

Did you ever make new clothes or outfits for your Barbies out of socks? I did. I remember making shirts and skirts for them or using the clothes that my older sisters made for my hand-me-down Barbies. I thought it was really cool that we were being creative, but when I read Sandra Cisneros‘ short story “Barbie Q”, I thought about my childhood in a … Continue reading “Barbie Q” by Sandra Cisneros

Exploring the “American Primitive” with Mary Oliver

Where I come from, as far as the eye can see, there are houses. Rows and rows of houses all neatly organized on a grid, creating the suburban city of San Jose. Growing up, playing outdoors wasn’t a thing. Much of my youth was spent indoors with my butt planted firmly in my mother’s leather office chair, eyes fixated on the monitor in front of … Continue reading Exploring the “American Primitive” with Mary Oliver