Happy October! Thanks to our snazzy new website, the Black Rock & Sage staff will be publishing weekly blog posts. Here’s an idea of what you can look forward to each month: the first week we will have a “Staff Picks” post in which we share some of our favorite books/movies/games/food as of late; the second week we will be doing an “Alumni Spotlight” piece on a past Black Rock & Sage editor or contributor; the third week we will be sharing some fantastic work published in Black Rock & Sage; and finally, the last week of each month, we will give you an overview of what will be coming up in the following month (events, deadlines, etc.). Now, without further ado, staff picks!
Jeff Howard, Editor-in-Chief: In honor of Roald Dahl’s hundredth birthday (Sept. 13, 2016), I recently started reading everything of his I could get my hands on. I have to say, I love Matilda (even more than The Vicar of Nibbleswicke) because she is the brightest person in her class (you know, one of those people that everyone, including you, seems to resent), and yet her humble opinion of herself allows her to remain lovable to everyone (except her parents and the Trunchbull). Dahl’s prose is fast-moving and witty, as one would expect, and his characters are as unique as you could hope for. A classic!
Christopher Swenson, Prose Editor: Last semester I read Carol Anshaw’s Carry The One, and I thought it was fantastic. The novel follows a family who tragically kills a kid with their car after a wedding. It’s a sad but realistic novel that examines how life moves forward after a terrible, defining moment. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Anelise Farris, Poetry Editor: I recently read Still Alice by Lisa Genova. As someone who has a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, and a personal interest in narratives that depict disability and illness, this book had been on my “to-read” list for quite some time. I both started and finished it last weekend, and I’m not recommending that you read it quite that fast: 1) you should not neglect other things like people and homework and such; 2) the book is extremely unnerving. And this latter point I think is what makes it such a compelling read: the story reads true (probably because it is written by Genova who has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard). The writing is very clear, accessible, and fast-paced, and if you want a book that is at once both affecting and informative, read Still Alice.
Susan Goslee, Faculty Advisor: I am half-way through A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, and I think it is great!