Why's World

Alanna Why
Book Review Time! Excellent!
Created 01 Jan 2021
  • A Marathon of Pain
    28 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 7 6
    Content Warning: This week’s newsletter dives into a spoiler-free review of A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The book tackles a variety of difficult subject matter, most notably sexual violence and ...
  • Sally Rooney Tricked Me Into Reading a Christian Novel with No Paragraphs
    15 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 5 4
    Let’s get this out of the way right now: I love Sally Rooney. I arrived at her work at the perfect time, in February 2019. Conversations With Friends had been out for two years; I read it breathlessly...
  • Obsessions #1: Bring Me The Head With The Sally Rooney Bucket Hat
    01 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 7 2
    Hello and welcome to the first edition of Obsessions, a new monthly newsletter-within-a-newsletter highlighting all of the things I’ve been reading, watching, listening to, and generally obsessing ove...
  • "Elevating Your Gender Via a Teen Surf Band"
    25 Aug 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    By the end of 1966, Brian Wilson had already been working on Smile for months. Recording the unfinished album—one of the most infamous in all of rock music history—had been a mired process from the be...
  • Enid, Rebecca, and Me
    09 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 6 2
    In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Ghost World, for this week’s newsletter, I’ve written a short essay on what the film has meant to me over the past decade. My next newsletter will come out th...
  • The Horror of Self-Improvement: A Touch of Jen by Beth Morgan
    27 Jul 2021 • 5 min read • 6 1
    For many years, I had a secret literary shame: I couldn’t stop reading self-help books. Fueled by a desire to combat my anxious and depressive moods, I plowed through self-help books like candy, searc...
  • The 6 Best Books of the Year (So Far)
    13 Jul 2021 • 6 min read • 2 4
    We’re halfway through the year and I’m halfway through my Goodreads Challenge, so I figured I’d make a round-up of my six favourite books of the year so far. Please note my taste in books leans toward...
  • “The Quiet Comprehending of the Ending of It All”
    16 Jun 2021 • 10 min read • 5 0
    Content Warning: Bo Burnham’s special mentions depression and suicide, which I have also briefly mentioned here. Feel free to skip if you don’t want to read about this at this time! For the past two w...
  • Is It The End of the World, Or Just Another Day at the Office?
    02 Jun 2021 • 7 min read • 4 0
    I first read Ling Ma’s Severance in November 2019. According to my Goodreads history, I started it on the 9th and finished it on the 16th. In my original review, I wrote, “Absolutely wild book to read...
  • "Whitney Houston Could Not Dance"
    29 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 5 0
    The first Hanif Abdurraqib piece to make me cry was “Fall Out Boy Forever.” I read it from his first essay collection, 2017’s They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, in a laundromat while my clothes we...
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