MAREK ŠINDELKA: MAPA ANNY & ABERRANT

First, there was the cover. I remember seeing it maybe four years ago. A pale yellow background with purple, crystallic structures. And then, the title: Mapa Anny, or The Map of Anna as I will refer to it. I had read another collection of short stories by its author Marek Šindelka, long before that, but I’d struggle to recall much from it, let alone describe it to you. It's not for a lack of appreciation for his writing, mind you! Rather, it has to do with my poor memory, which might also be one of the motivations behind starting this column.

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Caitlyn Garcia
BEYOND KUNDERA: AN INTRODUCTION

If someone were to begin a conversation with you on the topic of literature, would your first instinct be to reference the titles of the books you've read and the genres you most enjoy? The answer seems quite simple (a resounding "yes" with a mumble of a "duh" is what I imagine). However, what about those books that are not currently on your nightstand, but rather the ones gathering dust, or even those stacked on a virtual shelf? Do you, like myself and thousands of others on lit-related social media, have lengthy to-read lists that seem to grow only more intimidating as time goes on? Are your books piled up high throughout your room, waiting for their moment?

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Caitlyn Garcia