NOV / DEC 2017: BY MARIANNA KAPLUN
Far, far away in Britain there is a beautiful place called Gretna Green. This small village in the south of Scotland famous for its runaway weddings and romantic wedding traditions dating back over centuries, which originated from cross-border elopements stemming from differences between Scottish marriage laws and those in neighboring countries. So why does this unremarkable village have a wedding capital’s reputation? Let’s try to understand. Continue reading A Village That Transcends Time
NOV / DEC 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY
Film noir stories love to explore the question of just how much hold the past has over us. Can a person ever outrun their past? Can they atone for past actions? Are we doomed to repeat our mistakes, or even the mistakes of others? Or can a person make new choices, a new life? Can someone put the past to rest, leaving them free to begin anew? Continue reading Repeating the Past: Dead Again
NOV / DEC 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT
Nearly every single film, novel, or television show which features time travel always discusses the importance of maintaining the “space-time continuum” as it is often referred to. In Back To The Future (1985), Marty McFly saw his siblings, and himself disappear due to his unintentional meddling. But what if there was a film series where these annoying implications didn’t occur? May I present Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). Continue reading Busting Through Time
NOV / DEC 2017: BY JESSICA PRESCOTT
“I’m always finding humans at their best and worst.
“I see their ugly and their beauty, and I wonder how the same thing can be both.
“Still, they have one thing I envy.
“Humans, if nothing else, have the good sense to die.”
If Death could speak… what would he say?
That’s the question asked by Markus Zusak’s bestselling coming-of-age novel, The Book Thief. It’s a story of bitter loss and even more bitter survival, narrated by the voice of Death and set in war-torn Germany during the 1940s. The protagonist, Death’s heroine, is a girl named Liesel Meminger; a girl who loses everyone she loves—mother, father, brother, foster parents, best friend—to the ravages of war. One by one, Death comes to take them away; and one by one, he bears their souls into eternity, leaving Liesel behind. Liesel wonders why it has to be this way. And Death has no answers. Continue reading Eternal Observer: Death in The Book Thief
NOV / DEC 2017: BY JESSICA SANTULLI
Life in the 1700s Scottish highlands is no easy walk in the park. Just ask Claire Randall, protagonist of the Starz original series, Outlander, now in its third season. Continue reading A Brutal Truth
Some stories transcend time, and capture our hearts across generations. In the 1980s, the film Somewhere in Time popularized a romance across different eras. The haunting Time Traveler’s Wife has enchanted more modern audiences, as does Outlander. From a time-traveling car to a Police Phone Box (with its famous two-hearted alien occupant)… the idea of time continues to captivate us. It passes with each moment. A life can come and go in the blink of an eye. It marches ever onward, to remind us life is not constant and never the same. But sometimes, we long for a different life… one from the past… Continue reading Femnista Nov / Dec 2017: Past & Present
HALLOWEEN 2017: BY CAROL STARKEY
Halloween is right around the corner, meaning it’s time for costumes, candy, and scary stories. Some stations play movies like Children of the Corn and Friday the 13th leading up to the holiday. Libraries will display frightening books. And children will be extra jumpy as they anticipate jump scares. Continue reading The Turn of the Screw
HALLOWEEN 2017: BY RACHEL KOVACINY
I can still remember the first time I read an entire, unabridged Sherlock Holmes adventure. I must have been about thirteen and knew I loved mysteries. I’d been devouring books about Trixie Belden and the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for years, and my appetite for fictional crime-solving adventures just kept growing. Continue reading Haunted by the Hound
HALLOWEEN 2017: VERONICA LEIGH
Emily was in an uproar. Known for her volatile temper, she was furious when her older sister Charlotte discovered her private poetry and dared to read it. Her younger sister Anne offered some of her own poetry to read, to keep the peace, which led to a wild suggestion. They could try to publish their work together in a volume, to see if they could turn a profit. They needed money; they needed to find some way to provide for themselves. Continue reading The Brontë Sisters
HALLOWEEN 2017: BY SCARLETT GRANT
“I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!” these are the words proclaimed by John Hurt in the 1980 David Lynch classic The Elephant Man. Hurt plays Joseph Merrick, the titular Elephant Man. But who was Joseph Merrick, and what does his treatment say about care for the disabled in Victorian Britain? Continue reading The Elephant Man