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This Week in Magical Thinking: Written on the Body

From the movies currently in the theatres – Insurgent, Chappie and Cinderella – to the bestselling books and most watched shows, the theme of love is always present. I have been cynical about and uncomfortable with the kinds of everlasting romance presented in music, movies and even literature. It’s very possible that I have a manufacturing defect and the part […]

by Aeman Ansari· · Arts & Life, Literature
This Week in Magical Thinking: Never Let Me Go

This Week in Magical Thinking: Never Let Me Go

It’s one thing to read characters in a novel, be touched by them and feel connected to them. But to meet the person who crafted these powerful characters is another thing entirely. Reading is mostly a solitary act. All of your emotions and reactions stay between you and the fictional characters who live on paper. This past week I was […]

by Aeman Ansari· · Arts & Life, Literature
This Week in Magical Thinking: Bridget Jones’s Diary

This Week in Magical Thinking: Bridget Jones’s Diary

A couple of years ago, I was away on vacation in Italy when course enrolment was happening. By the time I got onto RAMSS, there was only one English class available that would fit into my schedule: popular literature. Even as a young reader I shied away from this genre. I naively thought, like many others, that it didn’t have […]

by Aeman Ansari· · Arts & Life, Literature
Ryersonian Book Club: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Ryersonian Book Club: Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 480 About the author: Kristin Cashore grew up in a rickety old house, inhabited by three sisters and a scattering of cats at the top of a hill in the countryside of northeastern Pennsylvania. During those years, she read while brushing her teeth and chopping parsley. Books were the first thing she grabbed […]

by Bethany Van Lingen· · Arts & Life, Literature
(Matt Oxman/ Ryersonian staff)

Ryersonian Book Club: The Fault in our Stars, by John Green

Title: The Fault in our Stars Genre: Young Adult Pages: 313 About the author: John Green was inspired to write this novel while working at a children’s hospital. He was also influenced by his friend Esther Earl, who had thyroid cancer and died at 16. The novel has been made into a movie starring Shailene Woodley, which will be released […]

(Matt Oxman/ Ryersonian staff)

Ryersonian Book Club: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult Pages: 487 About the author: Veronica Roth is an American author best known for the Divergent trilogy, which also include Insurgent and Allegiant. The last book was released in October of last year. While on winter break of her senior year of the creative writing program at Northwestern University in Chicago, Veronica […]

Ryersonian Book Club: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Ryersonian Book Club: Indian Horse, by Richard Wagamese

Title: Indian Horse Genre: Native Fiction Pages: 221 About the Author: Richard Wagamese is one of Canada’s most prominent native authors. He has earned accolades for his column writing, poetry, six novels and five non-fiction books. Indian Horse was selected as a 2013 finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads program. Wagamese, an Ojibway from northwestern Ontario Wabaseemoong First Nation, uses his […]

Laura Zizek reading Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh (Shannon Cuciz / Ryersonian Staff)

Sonian Book Club: Hyberbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

  Title: Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh Genre: Graphic memoir/humour Pages: 384 Plot: Brosh’s playful memoir seamlessly brings together stories about cakes, dogs and depression in one colourful book. Why you should read it: You may look like a fool laughing on the subway, but it’s all […]

by Laura Zizek· · Arts & Life, Literature, Top stories
Graeme Smith, Ryerson journalism alumni and former Globe and Mail war reporter.

Ryerson grad shortlisted for Taylor Prize

A Ryerson journalism graduate has been shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction. Graeme Smith’s war memoir, The Dogs Are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan, was one of five nominees for the 13-year-old prize. In it, Smith recounts shocking details of his time reporting from the front line of Canada’s mission in southern Afghanistan and how […]