Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Is A Suspenseful And Twisted Read

Gillian Flynn's 'Sharp Objects' Is A Suspenseful And Twisted Read

I appreciated that Flynn integrates mental health and self-harm as a central topic of the novel.

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I recently finished Gillian Flynn's "Sharp Objects." Flynn is also the author of well-known and critically acclaimed "Gone Girl" as well as "Dark Places." I have read "Gone Girl," but have not read "Dark Places." "Sharp Objects" was recently made into a limited HBO series starring Amy Adams and Chris Messina. I am quite intrigued to see their take on this disturbing story. "Sharp Objects" was Flynn's first novel, published in 2006. I'll provide a brief summary and some thoughts while trying not to spoil anything!

"Sharp Objects" follows Camille Preaker as she returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri to report on the murders of two young girls. Camille is a journalist based in the Chicago area and has few ties to her hometown or family. Returning is not something that she looks forward to. Through her time in Wind Gap, you discover the roots of toxicity in her life and how she deals with her own mental health struggles. As Camille works to uncover information from the police and citizens of Wind Gap, there are plenty of twists that arise. Flynn once again delivers well-constructed thriller. There are a couple things I enjoyed in particular about the novel.

I think Flynn does a superb job of representing small-town, Midwest culture in this novel. From the relationships in the town to the way information travels, I think it gives a fairly realistic glimpse into what could go on if two young women were murdered in a small town. This realism heightened the eeriness of the novel.

Though I was certainly disturbed by this story, it didn't exactly keep me up at night. Generally, I did want to find out what was going to happen next. The story is absolutely horrific, but what I focused on were the themes of how familial relationships and friendships shape who we are, and how vulnerability and shame play such integral roles in our actions. In this novel, wanting to belong was a motivation that drove several characters in their actions. I don't think it's any big revelation that human beings have a basic need to belong.

One of my favorite things about "Sharp Objects" was how quickly the reader connects with Camille while still learning about her character deeply as the novel progresses. I felt as though I understood Camille pretty well early on, including her motivations for returning to her hometown and connected with her because of the sheer horror at what she was returning for. Flynn adds Camille's own struggles and lets the reader empathize with her on some level because she has so many layers as a character.

I appreciated that Flynn integrates mental health and self-harm as a central topic of the novel. One of the themes that struck me in Flynn's novel was self-worth, especially for women. As a reader, you pick up on all the ways that Camille's upbringing affects her and how she views herself. It completely affects the way that she interacts with those around her, and there's a level of shame she has I think that prevents her from creating some real connection. I think this certainly reflects realistic situations and struggles that people deal with every day, and I haven't read many fictional novels that quite depict struggling in the particular way that Camille does. The end of the novel left me concerned about Camille and wanting more of a concrete resolution. Basically, by the end, I felt sort of hopeless and disturbed.

Props to HBO as well for producing the series, which I have yet to watch, for providing resources and support on the show's HBO site for those struggling with mental health. There is a unique opportunity to provide those resources in connection with a creative work of art, and I'm glad that HBO recognizes the importance of mental health and addiction.

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13 Of The Best, Most Famous Poems Ever Written

Masterpieces by some of our favorites like as Shakespeare, John Donne, and Homer.
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Some of us read poetry for an eager and fast escape from this world. On the other hand, some of us read poetry solely to share it with the ones we love. There are miracles on paper that can easily be forgotten about if we let them be. The following poems are written by some of our favorites such as Shakespeare, John Donne, Homer, and more. It is clear why these have become some of the most famous and unforgettable poems ever written. So grab a pen, and interpret these poems in your own, unique way.

1. “Go and Catch a Falling Star” - John Donne

Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

Or who cleft the devil's foot,

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee,

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me,

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear,

No where

Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrimage were sweet;

Yet do not, I would not go,

Though at next door we might meet;

Though she were true, when you met her,

And last, till you write your letter,

Yet she

Will be

False, ere I come, to two, or three.

2. “Drinking Alone in the Moonlight” - Li Po

Beneath the blossoms with a pot of wine,

No friends at hand, so I poured alone;

I raised my cup to invite the moon,

Turned to my shadow, and we became three.

Now the moon had never learned about drinking,

And my shadow had merely followed my form,

But I quickly made friends with the moon and my shadow;

To find pleasure in life, make the most of the spring.

Whenever I sang, the moon swayed with me;

Whenever I danced, my shadow went wild.

Drinking, we shared our enjoyment together;

Drunk, then each went off on his own.

But forever agreed on dispassionate revels,

We promised to meet in the far Milky Way.

3. “Sonnet 18” - William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer's lease hath all too short a date:

Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,

And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;

And every fair from fair sometime declines,

By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimm'd;

But thy eternal summer shall not fade

Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;

Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,

When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;

So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,

So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

4. “The World Is Too Much with Us” - William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;

The winds that will be howling at all hours,

And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;

For this, for everything, we are out of tune;

It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be

A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;

So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,

Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;

Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;

Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

5. “She Walks in Beauty” - Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Thus mellowed to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impaired the nameless grace

Which waves in every raven tress,

Or softly lightens o’er her face;

Where thoughts serenely sweet express,

How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,

The smiles that win, the tints that glow,

But tell of days in goodness spent,

A mind at peace with all below,

A heart whose love is innocent!

6. “How Do I Love Thee?”- Elizabeth Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,












I shall but love thee better after death.

7. “ Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” -Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

8. The Jabberwocky” - Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

He took his vorpal sword in hand;

Long time the manxome foe he sought—

So rested he by the Tumtum tree

And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,

The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,

Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,

And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through

The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

He left it dead, and with its head

He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?

Come to my arms, my beamish boy!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

He chortled in his joy.

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

9. “Tears Fall in My Heart” - Paul Verlaine

Tears fall in my heart

Rain falls on the town;

what is this numb hurt

that enters my heart?

Ah,the soft sound of rain

on roofs, on the ground!

To a dulled heart they came,

ah, the song of the rain!

Tears without reason

in the disheartened heart.

What? no trace of treason?

This grief's without reason.

It's far the worst pain

to never know why

without love or disdain

my heart has such pain!

10. “We Wear the Mask” - Paul Lawrence Dunbar

We wear the mask that grins and lies,

It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—

This debt we pay to human guile;

With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,

And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be over-wise,

In counting all our tears and sighs?

Nay, let them only see us, while

We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries

To thee from tortured souls arise.

We sing, but oh the clay is vile

Beneath our feet, and long the mile;

But let the world dream otherwise,

We wear the mask!

11. “The Panther” - Rainer Maria Rilke

His vision, from the constantly passing bars,

has grown so weary that it cannot hold

anything else. It seems to him there are

a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world.

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,

the movement of his powerful soft strides

is like a ritual dance around a center

in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.

Only at times, the curtain of the pupils

lifts, quietly--. An image enters in,

rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles,

plunges into the heart and is gone.

12. “Sea Fever” - John Masefield

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

13. "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight" -Dylan Thomas

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

















Save these poems for your next coffee shop date or solitude moment. You might be surprised at how much you can find yourself in a poem.

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Megyn Kelly Was Fired For Making Racist Comments, But Still Walks Away With $30 Million

Following her comments regarding blackface halloween costumes, Megyn Kelly leaves the NBC network and faces controversy surrounding her snow

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After facing backlash following her controversial comments on NBC, Megyn Kelly has left the television network with a $30 million dollar payout. Last October, Megyn Kelly made comments saying that she did not understand why wearing blackface on Halloween would be perceived as racist. After the remarks were heard across the nation, she decided to part ways with NBC.

Megyn Kelly is a known as a former Fox News anchor who departed the television station in 2017. The reason for her departure from Fox News stemmed from her hatred for Donald Trump and his association with the news channel. Kelly covered a large variety of different stories during her time as a reporter, which followed by her obtaining her own show. After the show began, political stories became more regular on her show and President Donald Trump began taking notice. Megyn began to notice that she had not enjoyed being on the political side of the news, and it did not align with her morals and values. Once she realized this is not what she wanted to do, she decided to leave and pursue her own show.

Her show was titled "Megyn Kelly Today", and premiered in September 2017. At its premiere, it received negative reviews for the quality of her hosting and appropriateness as a daytime personality. According to multiple reports, her departure was planned months before it was announced. Megyn was in talks of moving to MSNBC, but she did not see it as the right fit and she did not think that the audience of the network would accept her. She began talks with the chairman of NBC, Andy Lack, about her concerns regarding the show. Around the one year anniversary of the premiere of the snow, Megyn knew that the show was not as big of a hit as expected, and she decided she needed to take the necessary steps towards a new future.

Megyn wanted to lean towards a talk show host such as Oprah or Charlie Rose. She said she wanted to help people and wanted to steer away from politics. However, it was difficult for her to separate from her Fox News reputation. She is not able to return to the news network because she left on bad terms, after discussing sexual harassment claims against the channel's co-founder, Roger Ailes. After facing backlash from these claims with Fox News, she then began facing more negativity surrounding her show.

After a panel discussing the appropriateness of blackface in Halloween costume, Megyn noted that you get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who put on whiteface for Halloween. According to Kelly, she believed this to be okay when she dressed up for Halloween when she was younger as long as you were dressing up like a character. Later that day, she apologized for the comments and realized that people need to be more sensitive in the world today. She then joined African-American journalists regarding controversies that blackface brings. After these comments were made, Kelly still received a payout of $30 million dollars from her $69 million dollar contract.

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