Writing lessons we can learn from Vincent Van Gogh

Writing, for some, for those who do a lot of it, may seem like a mechanical process. A formulaic procedure, a technical exercise. But for those who do it not as a profession, but a pleasurable pursuit, writing takes time, inspiration, and great thought. Writing, for those who truly love…


It is within human nature to look to things greater than ourselves for answers. Some turn to religion, some turn to mathematics and/or philosophy. Some worship God(s) and pray they will provide us with guidance. Religion is unknowing, but it is a way of knowing in a world in which…


Understanding why Tartt’s novels are revisited, re-read, and renowned

Other than Harry Potter, I know of few fanbases as prodigiously dedicated as Donna Tartt’s. An even more harrowing experience is trying to understand why. Could it be her enigmatic nature? Notoriously reclusive, a mien of a character she would write about? Her writing style? …


How to put apple cinnamon, acorn squash, and green beans to good use

As you can probably tell from the publish date of this article, I live in Canada — but it is never too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving. The heavy breath of apples and cinnamon, turkey cooking in the oven for hours, autumn leaves dancing outside the windows. …


Amy March has always been great: Little Women (2019) shows us why

When I first read Little Women two years ago, Amy March was the character I loved to hate. She seemed to be Jo’s antithesis: wanting to marry and marry well, as well as a menace to Jo’s aspirations and love interest. …


Books for up in the attic, a creepy castle, and under the harvest moon

“Something wicked this way comes” — Macbeth, William Shakespeare

As the leaves change colour, the nights get cozier, and the wolves howl louder, it’s time to revel in all spooky things. I’ve always been timid when it comes to scary movies — usually regretting my decision when the lights go…


Haunted houses as a home for feminine horror

“I am no bird; and no net ensures me: I am a free human being with an independent will” — Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Unlike any other genre, there is something sinister about the way women fit into horror. As Princess Weekes writes in her article, “horror has always been…


The Apeiron Blog Newsletter

Philosophy in the news and our picks of the week.

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Here are our team’s selected philosophy resources this week. I hope they provoke deep thought!

Philosophy in the News

“As a philosopher, I have nothing to add to the scientific evidence of global warming, but I can tell you how it’s possible to get ourselves to sincerely doubt things, despite abundant…


Books to read in the crisp September air

If August bleeds nostalgia then September breathes new life: September is January in a different font. The month of summer’s end and time of the equinox, September brings the season of academia, gothic narratives, and spiced teas into full swing.

This September is a new one for me: it’s my…


Understanding Rooney’s relationships as a political performance

I didn’t appreciate Sally Rooney’s Normal People until I read an articulate analysis. It was one of those books that didn’t particularly move me — the characters, the setting, the plot all struck me as flat. Two young adults navigating adulthood is, of course, predigested: safe, second-hand unabashedly normal.

This…

Mallika Vasak

Turtleneck wearer, art-gallery starer. Find me in bookstores someday

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