4 Writers I'm Glad To Have Been Exposed To At UCLA

4 Writers I'm Glad To Have Been Exposed To At UCLA

Think of me as the "Hungry Caterpillar" but with books!
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I always enjoy discovering new authors, facts, and information I've never stumbled across before. My goal, since elementary school, has been to read every single book in my public library. If you're highly confident in me, I hate to disappoint you, but I haven't actually gotten to that goal yet.

However, I still find myself getting extremely excited every time that I read an author I haven't before, or even more interestingly, an author in a way I have never before. The most interesting ones I've re-discovered have been the ones I have had to read during my time as an English major in college.

1. William Shakespeare

Will Shakespeare

If this makes no sense, let me explain. Almost everyone in the English and non-English speaking world knows who Shakespeare is. Even if they haven't experienced a performance, read a work, or even know that his first name is William, the Bard is no doubt well-known.

What was amazing was examining his works through the non-prejudiced lens that I applied in the last quarter. Once we established that a majority of his plays conclude without morals, we could stop reducing them and appreciate how they understood us unconditionally.

2. Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett quickly became one of my favorite writers that I have ever read. I appreciated and came to love him in just one quarter.

I felt incredibly exposed when I read his trilogy of novels. I had already read Waiting for Godot earlier but saw it through a new light.

3. Leila Sebbar

Sherazade quickly became another one of my favorite characters during my time at UCLA, and I enjoyed every aspect of this first book in the series. Leila Sebbar brought every backstory to life and I heavily invested myself in their tales.

4. John Keats

I had the pleasure of visiting the Keats House when I went on my study abroad trip to London during the summer. Keats lived and died young, but in just a couple years wrote the poetry that came to define the entire second generation of Romantic writers. His fascinating Cockney language, beautiful natural imagery, and biting tone created poetry I have come to love.


Overall, I find myself feeling thankful that I have the opportunity to expand my knowledge in my university and in the classes I find myself in. I highly recommend that you read at least some of these brilliant writer's works. You might find yourself just as addicted as I do to good writing.

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7 Things Every Real Taylor Swift Fan Knows Will 100 Percent Happen On TS7

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On April 13th, Taylor Swift posted on her Instagram a picture with the caption "4.26"... since then, every post since has had the same caption, and fans have been theorizing ever since.

1. It's going to be very different from "Reputation"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvAdohMF7b9/

Looking at her current pastel Instagram theme, it is very, very different than dark, mysterious vibe from her "Reputation" days.

2. This will be one of Taylor's happiest albums yet

https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuMOFmlDm5/

Taylor has stayed out of the media for the most part since the release of "Reputation", and I believe that she's enjoyed her time, focusing on her music, friends, family, and relationships during this downtime.

3. This album will reflect on her childhood

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwPvbUWjsgR/

In 2016, in an interview with Glamour magazine, Taylor revealed that she was bullied in school, and her mom would often take her to T.J.Maxx after school to look at the opal jewelry in order to cheer her up. On April 14th, she posted a picture of jewelry, including opal. Also, one could say that her current Instagram profile picture has an opal tone to it. These could be hints to Taylor tapping into her childhood for her newest album. Oh, and she dressed up as a "childhood hero" for a New Year's Eve party...

4. ...But also focus on moving forward

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuUrV5hl-5B/

From her fresh, pastel Instagram theme to the flowers, butterflies, and overall springy vibes, Taylor has an airy, happy vibe that yells fresh, new life. Perhaps the album will also focus on her rising above everything from "Reputation" and all of the new things in her life.

5. It's going to have hidden eggs placed within the lyrics

https://www.instagram.com/p/BuRqXqqlshV/

All Swift fans know that Taylor loves to play games and create puzzles for us to figure out leading up to album releases. Why does the album itself have to be any different? Hopefully TS7 will have hidden gems in it as well...

6. Jack Antonoff and Max Martin will be back

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwTItkEDh9d/

Jack and Max have been with Taylor since "1989," and I don't think they're going anywhere. If they made it through the sound shift between Swift's 5th and 6th albums, they can work with whatever new ideas Taylor comes up with.

7. If the old Taylor is dead, I think TS7 will be when the new Taylor fully emerges

https://www.instagram.com/p/BumUfpXFKaL/

There's been some butterfly emojis and imagery flying around on Taylor's Instagram, and in a way, I think TS7 will be Taylor emerging from her cocoon of sorts into a butterfly. "Reputation" showed that she was capable of change, and this new album will show a more mature version of Taylor.

Chances are all of these are 100% wrong... but hey, it's fun to theorize while we wait for her new single/album to drop on April 26th.

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