• Arts & Culture

    Book Review: what is East and what is West?

    In Mathias Enard’s novel “Compass” the elusive specter of the East is fully exposed. However, not in a way that would satisfy the obsessed orientalist. From the opening lines of the follow-up to Enard’s masterpiece “Zone,” “Compass” thrills the reader lyrically and incites debate over the true homogeneity of both Western demography and culture. “We are two opium smokers each in his own cloud, seeing nothing outside, alone, never understanding each other we smoke, faces agonizing in a mirror…” With this exposition, Enard exposes us to his Proust-like prose, while forcing the reader to consider: is the cultural divide between East and West a smoky, impenetrable wall, as many xenophobic…

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    “The Devil in The White City” is a thrill of history

    Erik Larson’s renowned book, ‘The Devil in The White City’ has grown in popularity since its original release. The historical true crime tale employs a unique novel-style method of storytelling which invites the reader into a funny, suspenseful, and ultimately horrifying tale about the glory of the Chicago World’s Fair and the terror of H.H. Holmes’s murder hotel, in which hundreds of women allegedly went missing. ‘The Devil in The White City’ is one of Larson’s five historical novels, and is surely his most exciting. The book details the occurrences of the 1963 World’s Fair, known most prominently as The Columbian Exhibition. Closely following the Parisian Exposition Universelle in 1889,…

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    ECHO: Staff Picks

    Fall is a time of transition: autumn arrives in the form of amber-colored leaves that slowly conceal the sidewalk. School is in swing and work must be completed. November is a month of relaxation but also enrichment. Enjoy the ECHO’s list of things to enjoy after first quarter while puttering away at homework or sitting outside with a warm drink. A book that I recommend to be paired with pumpkin spice lattes and trips to Honeysuckle Tea House is undoubtedly essential. “Consider The Lobster” is an eloquent collection of essays and short stories written by the contemporary philosopher and critically acclaimed novelist, David Foster Wallace. It includes stories of all…

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    Book Harvest helps community

    By Madison Lewis and Mia Colloredo-Mansfeld It is important for kids to get an early start learning to read, but that can be hard without easy access to books. Book Harvest is a local non-profit that tries to remedy this issue. Since 2011, the organization has distributed more than 300,000 books to families in need. East’s Book Harvest club works to collect books for the organization. “The main goal is to help kids from low income families build home libraries [to help] them get ahead in school,” said junior Susannah Lohmann, president of the Book Harvest club at East. The organization works with other local nonprofits to achieve its goal.…

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    Spring break reading suggestions from ECHO

    By Taylor Daly Spring break provides an opportunity for students to participate in a variety of activities. Many students also enjoy taking leave from their usual academic activities and picking up a book to read simply for fun. Here are some suggestions that can coordinate with any vacation plans. If you are staying at home: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson Banish the boredom of being stuck indoors with this intense, thrilling Swedish bestseller that is part murder mystery, part financial intrigue, and part love story. While some of the material is slightly disturbing–much of it revolves around a sadistic serial killer–this dark, atmospheric novel is nearly…