The Observer

“Artemis” fails to meet stellar expectations

Mariah Sickler, Staff Reporter

December 7, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Published in 2011, Andy Weir’s first novel, “The Martian,” went viral, enjoying a level of success rarely experienced by books that were first self-published. Last month, he followed it up with his sophomore work, “Artemis,” which focuses on a heist. What sets “Artemis” apart, though, is...

Political action you never knew you wanted

Mariah Sickler, Staff Reporter

November 10, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Editor’s Note: The Observer’s November book recommendation is Daniel O’Malley’s “The Rook,” a supernatural action novel that combines a British bureaucracy with mystery and comedy. Pick it up if you’re looking for a distraction between midterms or over break. Imagine the two scariest...

“Turtles All the Way Down” gives insight

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

October 27, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

“Turtles All the Way Down” is John Green’s latest novel aimed at the young adult audience. Despite its complicated issues being handled well, the book’s weak plot and somewhat poor writing at times may leave many readers wanting more. This time, the story centres around a high-school student who ha...

“Clockwork Futures” studies the history of steampunk

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

September 29, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

“Technology is at the intersection of what we fear and what we want to fight,” said author Brandy Schillace. On Sept. 22, Research Associate and Public Engagement Fellow for the Dittrick Museum of Medical History and Schillace gave an unforgettable lecture at the launch of her new book “Clock...

“Imperial Radch” asks uncomfortable questions, but in space

Mariah Sickler, Contributing Reporter

September 22, 2017


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Even artificial intelligences need to feel to make logical decisions. In Ann Leckie’s award-winning “Imperial Radch” series, a hive mind-like AI is forced into a single body and made to do the unthinkable. Furious, the AI swears to take revenge. The only problem is that its most hated enemy is...

When they were young

Fatimah Elzahrah, Staff Reporter

December 2, 2016


Filed under Poetry & Literature

Many works of fiction, though they create universes that parallel ours, provide deep insights into the human psyche. "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is one such work. The first of the Neapolitan Novels, "My Brilliant Friend" is a hauntingly honest look at the development of social relationshi...

Community of words

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

November 11, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

To share a community’s love of poetry, the Case Reserve Review, Case Western Reserve University’s literary and art magazine, and CWRU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, hosted their Fall Poetry Slam in the Guilford House Lounge on Nov. 3 from 7-9 p.m. Compl...

Undergraduate author publishes second book

Lars Torres, Staff Reporter

April 8, 2016


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In late February of this year, fourth-year student John Brogan self-published his second book, which combines narrative-driven poems and poetic short stories about his personal experiences. “St. Augustine and the Piano” took “around eight months to write,” said Brogan, “so not like with my...

Haitian-American poet discusses migration

Nardine Taleb, Copy Editor

April 1, 2016


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

Haitian-American poet and writer Edwidge Danticat led a discussion on March 21 as part of Cleveland Cuyahoga Public Library’s Writer Center Stage Series, which invites several highly acclaimed authors to speak at Case Western Reserve University’s Tinkham Veale University Center. Danticat’s insights...

Author of “Gone Girl” visits campus in Writers Center Stage event

Ellie Rambo, Arts & Entertainment Editor

November 6, 2015


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Poetry & Literature

“I will never apologize for being readable,” said Gillian Flynn during her Writers Center Stage event. Flynn, the author of three best-selling thrillers including “Gone Girl,” writes books that are almost notoriously readable. That beach read that pulled you so far in that you forgot about...

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