One of the most interesting features of life is patterns that exist all around the world.
Patty Yumi Cottrell is a Hamline alum with a Bachelor of the Arts in English. She'll be returning to campus this month to read and discuss her novel Sorry to Disrupt the Peace. The reading group is open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff members Thursday, April 13th from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm. A public reading will take place at 7 pm later that day in Giddens Learning Center 100E with a reception following in the GLC Art Gallery.
I have had a couple of conversations with writers lately where they have asked me how I have been fortunate enough to have published a book when I am only twenty-eight years old.
Right before high school, guided by my father’s wallet and the release of the Beatles remasters, I started to dive into the rabbit hole of their expansive discography. One thing led to another, and suddenly I was deeply immersed in the Wikipedia page of Charles Manson and his notorious family. Picture me at 14, trying to imagine what it would take to convince yourself that the only solution to the world’s problems was to leave it all behind and pledge allegiance to a lunatic.
Emma Cline’s The Girls shows that the answer to this question is not simple.
Early on in life, when looking over the catalogue of offered degrees and careers, pursuing an art career simply wasn’t a listing. It was foreign to the world Pamela Carter Joern grew up in.
“It would have been like wanting to fly to Mars. Without a spaceship,” she said.
However, from where her journey to writing and the present day started, she did make it to Mars.
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