Author Archives: Annie McGovern

About Annie McGovern

MA student in Science and Medical Writing; Creative Writing BA; consumes books and science for sustenance (and tea); questionable Korean language skills; end

Guest Review from Hussain Ather: Kwame Appiah’s “Experiments in Ethics’”

ou’re in a dilemma. A train is about to run over five people strapped to the tracks. You may pull a lever to switch the train to another track where the train would only kill one person. In this thought experiment, known as the trolley problem, what would you do? Continue reading

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Book Review—Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

This true story is about a young man, Christopher McCandless, who leaves his middle-class home in Virginia to wander the country alone with no money, no plan, and no destination. Krakauer follows his journey through the American west, piecing together the details, and all the way to Alaska, where McCandless’s body was found in a rusted bus near the Stampede Trail. Continue reading

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Book Review—Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami

In these two stories we find an unnamed narrator and the character The Rat from A Wild Sheep Chase, two twenty-somethings contemplating their place in the world, how they got there, and whether to seek change. Continue reading

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Book Review—The North Water by Ian McGuire

What I loved about The North Water, but which I must caution potential readers against, is the sheer vulgarity of the language and images that McGuire includes in his story. Continue reading

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Thoughts from the 2016 Boston Book Festival

Last Saturday I stopped by the Boston Book Festival and attended some great panels that discussed books and writing. The two topics that stuck with me most were creativity (how to get some) and tips for writers looking to publish. If you’re a writer, or interested in writing, this post is for you! Continue reading

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Book Review—What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi

I devoured Helen Oyeyemi’s “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” and was devastated to read the last word. Each story is unique and just as enchanting as the last. Continue reading

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Book Review—Toms River: a story of science and salvation by Dan Fagin

In the 1950s the Swiss dye manufacturing company Ciba-Geigy arrived in Toms River, a small town by the Jersey shore. Yet as the company brought jobs, and a boon to the local economy, it also dumped billions of tons of hazardous chemical waste into the river, unlined landfills, and eventually the ocean. Continue reading

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Bookish News—Your Brain on Fiction from The New York Times

Anyone who has ever struggled to explain to a nonreader why reading is good for you should take a look at the article Your Brain on Fiction in The New York Times. The author, Annie Murphy Paul, writes: “The novel…is an unequaled … Continue reading

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Book Review—The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel

Yann Martel’s newest book, The High Mountains of Portugal, is a three-part journey that explores grief and Christian devotion with a twist. Continue reading

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Book Review—Lesabénido: an asteroid novel

On the asteroid Pallas, a race of worm/slugs-like beings live a Utopian life filled with art, music, and deep thoughts. One day they decide to build a gigantic tower to penetrate through a glowing cobweb cloud that hangs above their planet during the day, and descends and becomes dark at night. Continue reading

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