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Lit Review: “The Great American Dirtbags”

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

February 4, 2016

In “The Dirtbag Manifesto,” Mehall tells the story of how he came to be a “born-again dirtbag.”

Book Review: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel shatters clichés

Martina Pansze, A&E Editor

November 10, 2015

Full of dark suspense and masterfully-executed plot twists, “Station Eleven” leaves the reader disturbed without delving into the gory minutia transpiring at the beginning of civilization’s collapse.

‘The End of Night’ Review: Author Paul Bogard Seeks Natural Darkness, Inspiration

'The End of Night' Review: Author Paul Bogard Seeks Natural Darkness, Inspiration

Emma Dahl

April 1, 2014

As an astrophysics major who, during the evening hours, can reliably be found observing the cosmos from the roof of the science building, I am no stranger to the unwelcome invasion of light pollution. Here in Walla Walla, the western sky is particularly obscured by the glaring orange spotlights from the state penitentiary. When t...

‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss

Dana Thompson

December 6, 2012

So far in this column, I have asked you to revisit your childhood, get a bit creepy and let your inner weirdo out for a breath of fresh air. It's a lot to ask––I know. But this time I'm going to request another favor: Embrace your inner nerd. I know you have one. Pretty much everyone here does....

‘Going Bovine’ by Libba Bray

Dana Thompson

November 15, 2012

Occasionally the serious reader needs to take a detour into crazy town, and Libba Bray's "Going Bovine" is headed straight there. A freaky, weird and darkly humorous reading experience, "Going Bovine" is the story of Cameron Smith, a record store employee who is surprised one day to have hallucinations...

‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setterfield

Dana Thompson

October 31, 2012

My skepticism of modern-day Gothic novels has been, if not shattered, at the very least thoroughly roughed up. It's difficult not to play the old geezer card by insisting, "Back in my day, Gothic novels were written by the Brontë sisters! I want my hauntings in the English moors!" Because, let's be...

‘I Am the Messenger’ by Markus Zusak

Dana Thompson

October 18, 2012

Sometimes it's good to go back to your old favorites. As college students, it can be easy to drown in an ocean of esoteric academic texts; I believe it is highly important to read not only for pleasure, but also for recollection. This doesn't even have to be a return to a book you've read a hundred times;...

“A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah Harkness

Dana Thompson

October 11, 2012

After reading the first few chapters of Deborah Harkness' novel "A Discovery of Witches," I sat back and thought to myself, "Aha. So 'Twilight' has finally grown a brain." Fair warning: This novel does contain a vampire love story. The vampire is moody, overprotective and about sixty times older than...

Book review: ‘North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell

Dana Thompson

September 27, 2012

This I believe: When Charles Dickens is your editor, you pretty much cannot go wrong. Such a lucky bug was Elizabeth Gaskell, who reportedly wanted to name her fourth novel "Margaret Hale," after the main character. Dickens advised her that the book would be better summed up by the basic conflict...

Some “Beautiful Ruins,” Indeed . . .

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Dana Thompson

August 21, 2012

How do you feel about e-readers? These newfangled devices that allow you to press buttons instead of turn pages and download nearly any book in thirty seconds? Skeptical? Yeah. I'm feeling that. Maybe I'm just quoting every snobby book purist ever, but isn't there something to the feel of paper...

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor

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Dana Thompson

July 8, 2012

My coming into possession of this short story collection is really a classic example of the "Intrigued Student" phenomenon––an occurrence in which the student in question is completely and utterly caught by an assigned reading for a class. I have always been a fan of short but masterful stories,...

“A Death in the Family” by James Agee

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Dana Thompson

June 10, 2012

In looking at the two reviews I have thus far posted, I realized I might be giving the impression that I only read fluff novels. Yes, even the story about German Occupation in World War Two had a goodly amount of light romance and downright cutesiness. So I decided to delve into my list of books tha...

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