Kristen Barenthaler

Curious adventurer. Crazed reader. Archery fanatic. Librarian in Training. Amateur author.

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Kubrick: Nihilistic or Hopeful?
a month ago
In this article, I will argue that director Stanley Kubrick added nihilistic tendencies to many of his movies, whether purposefully or not. Nihilism is a vast subject, but the main premise is having “...
What Makes 'Lost in Translation' a Great American Novel?
2 months ago
As Americans, we seem obsessed with discovering the next Great American Novel, which is simply a fancy way of asking for “any novel that is regarded as having successfully represented an important tim...
What Is the Point of 'The Point?'
2 months ago
A little background, I used to watch The Point every year at Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house in Buffalo, NY. I don’t know why and I don’t remember how the tradition started. But the real twist ...
What Constitutes American Literature?
2 months ago
If you Google search “American literature,” you get results from Mark Twain to Edgar Allan Poe to Ernest Hemingway, but where is the diversity that makes America? Where are the female authors? The Afr...
'A Simple Favor' - Movie Vs Book
2 months ago
By now if you haven't seen the advertisements for A Simple Favor (the movie) then you've probably been hiding out at the cabin with Emily. But a little less known fact (at least until it was recently ...
Vampirism Within 'The Fall of the House of Usher'
2 months ago
What is it that scares readers most about Edgar Allan Poe’s literary works? Is it the fact that Poe leaves so much of the horror to develop in the reader's minds? In one of Poe’s most famous works, Th...