“Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu: Unsucky Symbolism

Unqualified Analysis

We all had to learn about symbolism in highschool, right? As I recall, a bunch of (probably not) well-meaning teachers tried to instill in me an appreciation for such classics as The Scarlet Letter, where we all agreed, wholeheartedly and humorlessly, that the fucking letter on the woman’s chest was a symbol of stuff. Whoop. […]

July 25, 2018

“Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid: So;many;semicolons

Unqualified Analysis

I read a ton of short stories this week but the only one that stuck with me was “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. It’s incredibly short – approximately 650 words.  Despite its brevity, it manages to convey an intense degree of emotional depth. It explores the power of our parents’ words (for better or for worse), […]

June 14, 2018