Lit Lit is…well…I get someone lit (interpret that as you will) and we talk about lit(erature). Continuing my theme from last time, I had the pleasure of getting two people lit, Justin Martin and Robyn Robyn-Robyn to talk about two books, Magic for Beginners and Get In Trouble by Kelly Link, an author of fantasy and magical realism. They are two spooky short story collections for this spooky Halloween edition of Lit Lit. Our dialogue is written in plain old font, action in italics.
“I would give my life for The Thrill. WRITE THAT DOWN.” –Corn Mush
WE’RE ALL BOATS
Lit Lit is a segment I host here on The Thrill in which I get someone lit (interpret that as you will) and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This time, I had the pleasure of getting two people lit, who will be referred to throughout as Tomato Rake, and Corn Mush. Both Tomato and Corn will be talking with me about The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, a work of “autotheory” which I will soon find out what that means. Our dialogue is written in plain old font, our actions in italics. Continue reading
Lit Lit is a new segment I will be hosting in which I get someone lit, and then that someone chooses a work of literature and gives me a summary and quick discussion of the themes of that work. This week I had the pleasure of getting a friend of mine lit, who will be referred to throughout as Nasty Willow, to discuss Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. I was joined by another companion who chose to go by “Mary Shelley’s Lesbian Lover,” as we discussed the work in a sunny graveyard. Nasty Willow’s dialogue is in Times New Roman, all action is written in italics.
Victor Frankenstein….that’s not how the book starts. Begin–We’re on a ship. And it’s a series of letters from. Arctic explorer? Robert Walton! Okay.
We here at Kenyon love our literature. What other college compares itself to a fictional magic school (Hogwarts) in its recruitment material? Our English department is beastly, and we have produced some ridiculously cool writers over the years (Bill Watterson is a genius and should be treated as such. Why have we not changed our school mascot to Hobbes?). Kenyon’s many literary connections have led us here at The Thrill to wonder what fictional characters should have attended Kenyon. I’m going to ignore any Harry Potter characters because that’s too easy, but all other literature is fair game.
1. Holden Caulfield– The infamous sourpuss of Catcher in the Rye would have a field day hating on all the phonies here at Kenyon. “You listen to Mumford & Sons? You’re a phony!” “Oh, you think the environment is important but you drive a car? Phony!” “You say you like your classes? No one likes classes. Phony!” I think he would be a nice change of pace from all the nice people here on campus. Bunch of phonies. Continue reading
Tonight’s list comes to us courtesy of Mary Hollyman ’14, frequent Olin-lurker and strange book enthusiast.
This one goes out to all you procrastinators in the library. Arthur Read once said, “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.” I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I do know there are some gems to be found in there. So, next time you are dragging yourself around the library and avoiding your work, try lurking around the bookshelves for a minute and check out these finds.
1. “How to Become Extinct” by Will Cuppy.
No, this isn’t a prop stolen from a Wes Anderson movie…it’s actually a children’s book, which isn’t very comforting either. Continue reading