Analysis: Comparison of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull”

First log post with explanation of what this train wreck is And it is always a train wreck, though, in my opinion, sometimes a pleasant one–an experience worth going through. Perhaps that is not very true for this early log, but in my defense, it’s rather difficult forcing an analytical comparison between “Arcadia” and “Seagull” through the lense of romanticism at 2 AM in the morning, while having never actually analyzed any play besides Shakespeare before. Here we go! PDF Version   The comedy that wasn’t very funny and the play that used the Chekhov’s gun principle more than Chekhov … Continue reading Analysis: Comparison of Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” and Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull”

Analysis: If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

  First log post with explanation of what this train wreck is A note before I begin. My teacher personally didn’t like this book. In fact, he quit halfway, so there are some pointed references to that. 10/07/2016 Log 2 – Italo Calvino – If on a winter’s night a traveler You are about to begin reading Lauren Zhang’s new log on Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveler. Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought. Best not think about the multitude of logs that still await you. Or perhaps this is your last one, in which case, dispel … Continue reading Analysis: If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

Analysis: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

“At some point it becomes so overwhelming how many small details feel important that you kind of want to surrender what little control you have over the text, and stop speculating how each new development sets up a new thread or connects to another one. And again we’ve reached a general feeling of inevitability of…..something.” Continue reading Analysis: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami