Ranked: Deaf Characters in Fiction (UPDATED)

When it comes to representation in literature, deafness is very rare. So I decided to go on a quest to find as many fiction books as possible portraying deaf characters, and rank these representations from best to not-best by genre.

Writing A Rhetorical Analysis On Grammar Strategy: Repetition

by Andrew Klebahn Knowing how to approach a Rhetorical Analysis essay begins with understanding what it is.  In a rhetorical analysis essay, we seek meaning and comprehension in a nonfiction passage by directing our focus on the author’s rhetorical choices in grammar strategies, patterns of speech, and in juxtaposition to other writings. Here, we areContinue reading “Writing A Rhetorical Analysis On Grammar Strategy: Repetition”

On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 9

I just finished reading the book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” written by Mark Manson. The book was a fantastic read! I appreciate that it took a new perspective to self-help. As a college student reading self-help books and learning the habits of successful individuals has been critical in helping me understandContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 9”

Pandemic Pivot: A Long Hiatus

It has been a very long while since the Modcast has been active, we know, we know. Ironically, we have gotten together a few times to discuss our direction and schedule, and then these plans just sort of faded away, like the light in Boromir’s eyes after his valiant, redemptive sacrifice. (I’ve been watching LordContinue reading “Pandemic Pivot: A Long Hiatus”

The Importance of Wearing a Mask During a Pandemic: There are Benefits!  

by Richard Ramirez We must remember the benefits of masking as a win/win because we are able to protect ourselves and we can protect each other. We get an opportunity to be heroes to one another. COVID-19 does not discriminate against anyone. An article by Katarina Buchkovska says, the virus does not discriminate and canContinue reading “The Importance of Wearing a Mask During a Pandemic: There are Benefits!  “

The Socialist Hero: The Chronotope of E.L. Voynich’s ‘The Gadfly’

by Ryan Cooper The Gadfly, a novel by Ethel Lilian Voynich published in 1897 marked the birth of the  paramount socialist hero for the coming century. Not only would the novel go on to be one of the  most popular novels in the Soviet Union, selling over two and a half million copies; it wouldContinue reading “The Socialist Hero: The Chronotope of E.L. Voynich’s ‘The Gadfly’”

Leigh Ann’s Recs No. 10 – The Year of the Beasts

Without including spoilers or giving too much away, I’m going to be honest. I did not find that The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell really ticked the boxes of elements of a great book, if you understand my meaning. If you check out the Goodreads reviews, you’ll find that someContinue reading “Leigh Ann’s Recs No. 10 – The Year of the Beasts”

Book Bundles: Where We Were and How We Got Here

Welcome to the Modcast’s blog series, Book Bundles. This is where we recommend two or more books based around a topic or theme. So you’ve got options! I think the title really says it all: We can’t know where we’re going until we know where we’ve been. If you’re interested in origins, check these out:Continue reading “Book Bundles: Where We Were and How We Got Here”