March Madness (Or Why You Should Read During Break)

The famous American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel¬†is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” While Twain most likely meant to reference physical voyages, his words can be applied to reading nevertheless. To journey through the imagination and to gain access to a breadth of new ideas; this is the essence of reading, whether through an encyclopedia or an intriguing fantasy novel. As many of us head into March break, a hiatus from reading undoubtedly will be on the minds of some. However, in this current age, one must be open-minded and welcoming to all. Don’t vegetate on one little view; grow to encompass many different ideas.

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Rotting and Riveting: A Discourse on Zombie Fiction

The eerie festivities of Halloween are upon us, and what better way to celebrate than through some creepy horror novels! As a zombie enthusiast and consumer of zombie literature, I’m stopping by to recommend¬†three of the most spine-tingling and tantalizing undead reads for your pleasure.

1. World War Z

At the top of my list stands World War Z, a novel by Max Brooks that covers the years of the zombie plague as it ravaged the world. The story proves to be a masterpiece crafted from extensive research into various military, socioeconomic, and political situations around the world. With its multiple perspectives and gripping storytelling, the book, written in the form of several interviews, offers a unique and fresh look at a genre often characterized by gore and guts.

2. Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End

Many may consider the zombie genre to belong solely to the American sphere of authorship. Fortunately, Spanish writer Manel Loureiro has shown that the zombie genre can use an outside view to revitalize a seemingly old topic. Written in journal and blog format, Apocalypse Z: The Beginning of the End follows a Spanish lawyer and his humorous fat Persian cat, Lucullus, as society crumbles and morality decays before the dead. Reading the tale will bring you to fear, anxiety, and even a chuckle as Loureiro pulls you along.

3. Rot and Ruin

Are the dead monsters? That is the crucial question confronted throughout Jonathan Maberry’s novel, Rot and Ruin. The tale follows two brothers, Benny and Tom Imura, as Benny comes of age and tries to reconcile the past with his present. Unlike the other two books on my list, this Mad Max-esque story occurs years after the apocalypse; however, don’t be fooled into thinking all the excitement has gone! With its dash of absurdity and dark reality, Rot and Ruin is a zombie novel that gets the heart pumping.

Thank you all for looking through my list! Happy haunts and a most splendid Halloween!

It’s That Time of Year Again (For Finals)

The end of the school year has finally arrived, but there still remains one final challenge to overcome: spring finals. The Katharine Brush Library and the Student Library Advisory Board want all Loomis Chaffee students to enter exam period relaxed and feeling ready for anything. Come down by the library and examine your textbooks in a chair, or engage in study sessions with your peers in our study rooms. We also wish to remind you all to take care of yourselves during these stressful two weeks. Eating well, sleeping at a reasonable hour, and exercise all contribute to an easier time during the finals; do not put yourselves at a disadvantage by neglecting your body. If you are looking for the Spring Exam schedule, check out the Daily Bulletin or click on the link below. Good luck with exams everybody, and happy summer!

-Evan

Loomis Chaffee Spring Exam Schedule