The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight

Do you believe in fate? Destiny? Love at first sight? For some hopeless romantics out there, these lofty concepts make the endless quest for a “perfect” romance totally worth it. Others among us are probably disillusioned with the hackneyed ways these ideas are talked about. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer […]

The Glitz…The Glamour…The Great Gatsby!

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite novels in high school. As a fourteen-year-old hopeless romantic, I remember feeling an overwhelming sense of awe for the figure of Gatsby– a man so in love with a woman that he created an entire persona and empire to be near that woman…to finally […]

Man Of The Hour

I’ll let you in on one of my secrets: no matter how swamped I’ve ever been in one of my literature classes, I’ve always made time to read comic books. They keep my brain sane and entertained. I started reading comic books when I was 8 years old and found boxes of my mom’s old […]

The Lowdown on ‘The Lo-Down’

Allow me a second to explain: classes are back in full swing, and I’m already feeling the pressure of keeping up with copious academic readings. (There are only so many PDFs of Austrian philosophical critique a girl can take.) Light, mindless reading is my personal equivalent of watching guilty pleasure reality TV. So, desperate for […]

Goodreads: Keeping Track While You Read On

Goodreads: Keeping Track While You Read On

I recently finished reading a book that has been taking up space on my to-be-read list for a long time now. As soon as I was done with the last page, I smiled.  There’s a sense of satisfaction whenever I reach the end a literary fling with a good book that doesn’t really compare to […]

How the Room Came to Smell Like a Rose

I was walking down Liberty Ave. in Pittsburgh, PA scoping out local hotspots when I came across a bookstore called Awesome Books. Awesome, huh? Total “you-had-me-at-hello” moment. I went in and found an entire bookshelf stocked with novels, poetry, and anthologies by Pittsburgh authors. Score! As a collector of unique finds from my travels and […]

La Casa Azul Bookstore: Your Local Latino Literary Spot

I’d like to take a moment to highlight a place I feel deserves a lot of attention for its effort to promote Latino writers and a sense of community in East Harlem through events that stimulate cultural awareness and a love for the arts. La Casa Azul Bookstore is a small independent book store located […]


Moms are great, aren’t they? Mine reads The Collabor-eight multiple times a day: she’s our biggest fan. That being said, crazy mother stories are some of the funniest out there. Because everyone can relate to knowing a friend or relative that you love unconditionally, despite the crazy. So you can pretty much already guess what […]

Mermaids & Martinis

My experience with party planning reaches as far as telling my guests that they can’t wear sweatpants in my house. (Hey, even  I don’t wear sweats around the house.) The biggest party I ever planned was my Sweet Sixteen, which was, ironically enough, mermaid themed. And practically every party I attended during college revolved around […]

15 Minute Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

15 Minute Review: White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Like the title explains, this is a  review of the book “White Teeth” by Zadie Smith after a fifteen minute reading. Sometimes the first fifteen minutes of reading a book is enough to reveal whether or not the purchase was a mistake. I’ll choose various books at random and present first impressions in a hopefully useful way. […]