A Forecast

Hey hey, everyone!  I thought I’d just give you a bit of a forecast on what’s to come on TABL.  University started up again, so therefore I’ll be doing a fair amount of study, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be abandoning this blog, but posts (as always) will be at irregular intervals.  Currently, this is my last semester and very final subject (woohoo!) and I might be talking a bit about this subject, Children’s Literature, in some posts.  Secondly, here are some upcoming posts to look out for:

  • Reviews for Apt Pupil and The Body.  Finished both novellas and felt a major literary whiplash from transitioning from the former to the latter!  I’m keen to write these up.
  • T.S. 1888: I’m thinking of doing Ash Wednesday for the second installment of the series.  This isn’t locked in though, so don’t be surprised if another poem is no. 2.
  • A belated love poem I was supposed to publish on V-day, but I forgot.
  • The reason why I’m on the fence with The Catcher in the Rye.  A good book, but why has the Louse changed her views about it?

Ooh! On a side note, if you’ve visited TABL a few times, you may have noticed that I gave it a bit of a face lift.  I’ve edited my About page, and made things less bold.  Hooray for the new banner and blog font!  Also, I’ll admit to being a dummy for roughly seven months– it wasn’t until recently I discovered how to align my texts justified (I’ve gone back and re-edited all my previous posts to align them this way), so expect my posts to be neater!

Since I’m a little bit behind with study, I’m going to be catching up with that.  Despite this, and if I’m in the mood to procrastinate or if I’m at the level of study where can afford to take a little break, I’ll make a start on the Apt Pupil review because MY SWEET LORDE, THIS STORY GOT ME EFFED UP.  So expect me to be verbal about this story when I publish my review on it.  Please stay tuned and if you use the Law of Attraction and envision it, this review will manifest in the coming weeks.  (I’m kidding, this review will be published regardless)

Until we blog-meet again, I shall see you in the next post.  Ciao!

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T.S. 1888: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

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Come one, come all, the first installment of my T.S. Eliot series is here!

Just to reiterate, T.S. 1888 is a series that I’m going to start on TABL.  Each installment will be a review on an Eliot poem and topics such as Modernism, themes, and potential context will talked about.  It’s also a reeaaaallyy good idea if you have a copy of the poems that’ll be discussed in these posts so you can read along and understand what I’m talking about, and which lines I’m referring to (because I won’t be posting the whole poems here, only snippets).  With your own copy of the poem, you can observe your own findings and interpretations, and most of them should be attainable online (Poetry Foundation, anyone?).  These posts will come up once in a while, and you’ll know it’s part of series because I’ll be putting the same graphic on the blog (the one above).  So, we will start with The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and then we’ll explore his other poems, well-known or not.  Now let’s get to it!

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock focuses on the musings of a man in his middle age, and silently vents his frustrations about life, love, loneliness, and growing old as he makes his way towards a tea party.  The form of the poem itself can be considered free verse, as there is no set metrical metre, but there are rhymes scattered within the poem, but those themselves are irregular; fragmented, in a typical Modernist manner.  Additionally, there are lines that are artfully repeated.

The Italian epigraph of the poem is a passage from Dante’s Inferno; words said by Count Guido da Montefeltro’s eternally damned soul, and is translated as:

‘If I thought my answer were to one who ever could return to the world, this flame should shake no more; but since none ever did return alive from this depth, if what I hear to be true, without fear of infamy I answer thee.’

So it can be stated that the epigraph foreshadows that Prufrock is or will be damned, and perhaps his Hell is on Earth.  Prufrock goes on a stroll to an evening gathering, but cannot bring himself to enter and participate.  He is an example of a Modernist protagonist because he is enveloped in his despair to the point it is almost crippling. He is tormented by the circumstances he is in, and does not attempt to overcome his insecurities and anxieties, and instead wallows in them without the aim to resolve them.

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Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption: A Review

Here is where I will state the obvious: I’ve put Heart of Darkness on the back-burner for now.  The draft is still hanging on, and one of these days I’ll re-read and review Conrad’s work.  Instead, I’ll be writing my reviews on texts that I’ve actually read, and hence I’ll be reviewing Stephen King’s novella.  I’ve started reading Different Seasons at the end of the semester, and so far I’m almost done with Apt Pupil, which you’ll also see a review on soon.

Now without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, here are my afterthoughts on Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption!

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(I was originally going to add an animated gif of shirtless Tim Robbins extending his arms to the heavens in the rain, but it is understood that some may be sensitive to the lightning flashes.  So instead, here is an artist’s rendition of the scene)

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An Explanation for the Unwanted Hiatus

Ah.  It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  The Heart of Darkness review is still sitting in the drafts section, but I haven’t got the motivation to continue writing it.  Lately, I’ve been going through bouts of anxiety because of the stress of assignments and exams, and there are a few personal things going on in my life that have have made me an overthinking, neurotic mess.  I keep trying to push myself to write the review, but I don’t think it’s going to happen (YET!)

Reason for that is: I had to read this for my Modernist Literature subject and while I do get the sentiment behind the story, and the context, I just can’t be arsed to write a detailed review on it because I’m just not really into it enough to write a review, and my thoughts on the book have gone stale (sorry).  We read T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and while I am biased since I love Eliot, I kinda want to write a review on his collections first, and depending on that, I may re-read HoD to refresh my sentiments and finish writing my review on this.  I’ve also got new books that I’ll read during the holidays and post my reviews on them.  I’m gonna try and make this blog work, guys!

Anyway, to make up for the lack of content being posted here, I’ll publish a short, simple poem that I wrote in February about the anxieties of being alone in a city of struggle.  So, without further ado, watch this space and see a poem published next (after I find a royalty-free image to accompany it).

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He’s back in my life (shelf)!!! (and some updates)

The Louse would like to proudly announce the return of T.S. Eliot to her collection!  Yay!

I think I mentioned before that I lost a copy of Eliot’s selected poems and haven’t seen it since (I still can’t find it).  However, when I went book shopping last week, I stumbled upon a copy of his collected poems.  For starters, this edition was twice as thick as the selected poetry and features his famous works such as The Waste Land and The Hollow Men.  

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So, you can imagine that I’m quite excited to read the collection.  I’ll post up a proper detailed review once I complete reading it.  Eliot would be one of my favourite poets, methinks.

Now for some updates…

  • I’ve almost finished reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.  There is an draft of the review that is waiting to be completed.  Hopefully, I’ll publish the review soon.  After that, I’ll be reading The Trial by Franz Kafka (if you haven’t guessed already, these books are for my subjects ahahaha).
  • I started working on a novella.  So far, I’ve been writing the draft in pencil on a really pretty notebook.  The novella is called Malevolence, and it is set in Dublin during the 1930s, and the plot follows the plights and doubts of a young woman with a lame leg who lives alone until a visitor overstays their welcome.  I’ll put up an excerpt one day (when the plot develops further).
  • Also, I’ve got a heap of assignments that I have to do, and I’m also assisting in research for my professor’s project.  So I’ve got a fair amount of work to juggle this time around, but I’ll try my best to update this blog!
  • And I’m considering starting up a Twitter account for The Avid Book Louse.  I’m not really into tweeting, but I wouldn’t mind trying to reach out to my heroes (I’m looking at you, Stephen King).  Accordingly, it would be a way for you to keep up to date with what’s going on with TABL and for me to keep up with you.  Sounds good?

So there’s the lowdown on what’s going on in the Louse’s literary life.  I’m gonna go and do my thing now, and so will you!  Happy reading, everyone!

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A Welcome From the Louse (Redux 2018)

Aloha!

I’m the Louse.  I’m a microscopic bug and I enjoy those things on shelves that have pages, chewing through one book at a time (figuratively or literally?  I’ll leave you to ponder).

Welcome to The Avid Book Louse, a blog where I write about books and the Arts overall.  Here, you will find reviews, opinion pieces, and an insight into the life of a recent English graduate (and avid party louse).  Initially, TABL was a blog to revive my motivation to study while I was at university, but now that I’ve graduated, I figured it was time to rebrand this blog to make it some sort of portfolio to showcase my writing and ways I visually present a blog/website.  I also want to establish myself as a freelance writer that can produce various written content as well as edit.  While most of the posts on this blog are informal and do incorporate a bit of wittiness, I do in fact write in formal/academic styles (I mean, I have been doing it for the past four years, and I’m getting a Bachelor’s for it, right?).

Though, I can’t exactly promise that updates will be frequent; I’m currently in a period of my life where I am looking to jumpstart my career (where I won’t procrastinate, don’t worry).  The blog will be a journal-type, and I’ll post things up when I have the time to.  I’ll include reviews of books I’ve read, sneak previews of projects I’m working on, and general opinions about literature and other things.  As for now, I’m not bothered if nobody looks at the posts or whatnot since I’m currently keeping this blog for therapeutic reasons; but with that being said, I’ll be more than happy to make new friends on here!  Again, welcome to The Avid Book Louse, dear visitor!  Come along with me on this literary journey and make yourself at home here anytime!

I look forward to continuing on reading and writing here.  I’ll post something up once in a while, so stay tuned!

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