Meet Kenyon’s Newest Author, Rioghnach Robinson ’16

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Has your tiny, collegiate body ever ingestsed a beautiful novel and thought, “Wow, this is all I want to create and more! The plot twists, the unexpected heroism, the heartwarming message – every part of this book-reading experience is glorious, and I would love to replicate it with words of my own!” These may or may not have been the thoughts of soon-to-be-published YA author Rioghnach Robinson ’16, whose book Seven Ways We Lie (published under the pseudonym “Riley Redgate”) hits shelves March 8th. We asked Robinson a few questions regarding her book and her writing process. Aspiring novelists, take note!

The Kenyon Thrill: Can you give us a brief summary of your book?
Robinson: Yes! Narrated from the perspective of seven high school juniors, one for each of the seven deadly sins, Seven Ways We Lie explores how the ripple effect from a teacher-student relationship forces each of the seven to confront their central flaw.

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I’ve Never Read Any of the Works I’ve Just Mentioned, But I’m Going to Make It Sound Like I Have (Because of My Crippling Insecurity)


Hey guys! Couldn’t help but overhear your conversation — it’s like 8:15 a.m. on New Side so I can hear literally every word you say! Haha! I thought I heard you talking about David Foster Wallace and thought I’d offer my humble, nuanced, complex insights on him. And even if you weren’t talking about good ol’ DFW, I’m going to offer my insights anyway! Continue reading

A Day in the Life: Jim Huang, Bookstore Manager

In this feature, The Thrill will showcase a typical day of a member of the Kenyon Community: student, faculty, or staff. If you have nominations for people to be showcased, please share them in the comments or email us at


The Bookstore. It’s a part of our campus that we accept as our provider of textbooks, snack needs, and even the occasional Shakespearean finger puppet. But how do these finger puppets and other treasures get to our town of Gambier? Meet Jim Huang, Bookstore Manager. It’s through him that all these things we take for granted on campus happen, such as online textbook ordering, events, and bringing all the best new books to Gambier. If you want to learn how the magic happens, read on as Jim takes us through his day!

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Getting Freaky, Volume XI: Let’s Get Literary



Whether you’ve just begun your journey into freakitude or you began it long ago, The Thrill is here to help you improve your safe, consensual sexy sex times by answering your most burning questions. Have a question about x-rated materials? Send us an e-mail at with the subject line Sex Q and we’ll answer it in our next edition. Feeling embarrassed? Not to worry– we’ve set up a Gmail account to allow for anonymous questions. The username is “gettingfreakythrill” and the password is “thethrill”. Log in and shoot us an email, and your question may be featured on the blog!

The semester’s picking up, and pleasure reading is a luxury on par with taking a private jet to a vineyard in the south of France. The cold season calls for fewer carefree evenings spent reading Gone Girl and sipping white wine; rather, we’re expected to read more and more Beowulf while softly sobbing into a cold tray of microwavable mac and cheese. What’s a kid to do, right?

If you’re looking for a teeny tiny literary pick-me-up that won’t eat up the hours you’re forced to devote to big boy college work, have no fear! Our very own Kenyon bookstore carries many, many titles pertinent to the two special topics we students love to hate: sex and relationships. Through seriously limited internet research (you think I read these things? I forgot to eat today), I’ve attempted to capture the essence of each of these books with my brilliant wit. Kick back and enjoy!

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Classes with the Best Reading Lists at Kenyon

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Now that I am an old and grumpy senior, I have begun to spend my time one of two ways. The first way is by complaining about how crowded the servery is at noon and attributing the crowd to the extra 90 students that admissions allowed to enroll this year and the year previous. (Related: admissions, if you are going to get rid of the supplemental essays, you better get ready to really, really improve your enrollment math because the servery just can’t handle any more of us). The second way I spend my time is by reflecting on how much and how well I’ve read during my years at Kenyon. I thought my fellow seniors (and some extra-smart juniors and sophomores) might also feel that they’ve become very well-read during their time here, so I asked a bunch of them to recommend the classes they’ve taken that have had the best reading lists.

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Can’t get into Prof. Kluge’s Intro Fiction class? Maybe pre-ordering his new book will help…*

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Writer-in-Residence P. F. Kluge has written a new novel, The Master Blaster, set to be released on March 29. According to, where the book is available for pre-order, The Master Blaster is “a luminous portrayal of strangers adrift in an intoxicating land,” and is set on Saipan, “America’s least-appreciated tropical island.” If you say so, Amazon, but I think it’s pretty clear (having read the cover of the book and none of the following pages) that the book is actually based on Kenyon, and Saipan is just a thinly-veiled Gambier in disguise. Nice try, Fred.

*This will not actually help.