Posts By: Karl Low

Milica Markovic

A Toronto native, Milica is enrolled in the MA-IS program at AU eager to advance her creative communications career. She holds a BA (Hons) in criminology and political science from York University and a certificate in multimedia storytelling and content writing from the University of Toronto. When she’s not coming up with her next story she enjoys outdoor exercise, exploring new places, and spending time with her loved ones. If you’d like to make a suggestion for future stories or would just like to say hello, reach her at mmarkovic1@athabasca.edu

Women In Fiction—Sulwe

Significant spoilers ahead for the book Sulwe.  If you haven’t read the book but intend to, you should probably stop reading now. Returning to children’s fiction for this entry, I wanted to a look at a more topical narrative that, while simple, spotlights an important discussion that our youth—and we—could benefit from.  Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Matilda Wormwood

The fictional child prodigy had cropped up in earlier decades, but it wasn’t until Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel Matilda that the gender-neutral trope was popularized among children themselves.  Inspiring many young readers and imaginative minds worldwide, Matilda Wormwood shows resilience when confronted with adversity – namely, her unsupportive parents and fearsome headmistress, Miss Trunchbull –… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Mariam and Laila

Warning: Significant spoilers ahead for the book A Thousand Splendid Suns.  If you haven’t read the book but intend to, you should probably stop reading now. Khaled Hosseini’s 2007 intergenerational novel A Thousand Splendid Suns has kept a special place in my heart since I first read it in 2014.  Not only did it leave an… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Lady MacBeth

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the play “Macbeth”  If,  by some miracle, you haven’t seen or read this play already but intend to, you should probably stop reading now. It may sound clichéd, but Macbeth has been my favourite of William Shakespeare’s plays since I first read it in middle school.  It taught me that there… Read more »

Women in Fiction—Lady Eboshi

Warning: Spoilers ahead for the movie Princess Mononoke.  If you haven’t seen the movie but intend to, you should probably stop reading now. After wrapping up Beats from the Basement last month, I’ve been eager to start the new year with an ongoing series that isn’t limited to music or my personal collections.  Given all the… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Synchronicity

Album: Synchronicity Artist: The Police After essentially turning my entire basement upside down in the name of music, I have had a difficult time deciding what would be my penultimate entry for this series.  I suppose leaving my favourite new wave band, the Police, for last would’ve been more suitable, but I’ve got something else… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Breakaway

Album: Breakaway Artist: Kelly Clarkson When concluding a more personalized series like this, I imagine most writers would choose to leave their favourite—or at least, a deeply sentimental—topic for last.  Considering how virtually every album I’ve discussed here has something either bold or bizarre going for it, my decision probably comes as a surprise to… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Synchronicity

Album: Synchronicity Artist: The Police After essentially turning my entire basement upside down in the name of music, I have had a difficult time deciding what would be my penultimate entry for this series.  I suppose leaving my favourite new wave band, the Police, for last would’ve been more suitable, but I’ve got something else… Read more »

Beats from the Basment—Aly & AJ

Album: into the rush Artist: Aly & AJ The record came at an ideal time: Aly was at the peak of her popularity as an actress, and having a couple cover songs by famous recording artists helps bring attention to newcomers as well as giving them an opportunity to showcase their talent.  Although I enjoy… Read more »

Beats from the Basement—Spice Girls

Album: Greatest Hits Artist: Spice Girls I don’t think there’s ever been a girl group as influential as the Spice Girls.  Their massive success in the late 90s has inspired the emergence of other pop acts over the last two decades such as *NSYNC, The Pussycat Dolls, and, more recently, Fifth Harmony. It’s easy to… Read more »