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UChicago Favorite Things Essay - "Lolita/Frank Sinatra"


GraceTaylorWei 12 / 41  
Jan 2, 2012   #1
Favorite Book: Lolita
Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Reading Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita was an experience that consumed my thoughts and stirred my heart. The perverted relationship between Humbert and Dolores is intensely corrupt, yet so poignantly and elegantly articulated by Humbert that it compels the reader to sympathize with a man who otherwise would be dismissed as a demented criminal. The controversial book unabashedly blurs the lines between innocence and corruption; it forces the readers to question what is absolutely unforgivable and what can be ultimately justified. Nabokov's dark humor, unexpected injections of satire, and vivid imagery creates a constantly fluctuating atmosphere that engages all of the readers' senses.

Favorite Music: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong, John Legend

My taste in music changes like the seasons. Specific songs define periods in my life and cause me to relive them with every listen. During my vegetarian-yoga phase in grade 11, I was obsessed with Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Every time I listen to "Blue Skies" by Ella Fitzgerald or "Why Should I Cry Over You" by Frank Sinatra, I can almost smell the early morning breeze that I would smell during the walk to my 6am yoga class. When I visited New York City last Christmas, I constantly replayed songs by John Legend and Bob Marley. Now, when I listen to "Three Little Birds" and "One Love" by Bob Marley, I can almost taste the snowflakes on my tongue and see the dazzling lights of Times Square illuminate my world.

saurabh93 11 / 94  
Jan 2, 2012   #2
This is brief and concise, and free of grammatical errors, so this is great.
--please read my pomona essay and critique
ItsokaytoGaga 15 / 96  
Jan 2, 2012   #3
Hi Grace,
Both of them are very well written!! :) I like the imagery in the second essay.
You got me wanting to read Lolita!

Please check my Oberlin essay, and also my latest post in my Common App thread if possible. Thanks! :)
abck300 4 / 10  
Jan 2, 2012   #4
First, thanks for reviewing my essay !

I love both essays !! I think you have a wonderful writing skills and it clearly shows.
Love the connections between music and your personal experiences. And plus, I love all of the musicians you mentioned :)
I also like the fist one. It really makes me want to read the book.
Overall, great job !!
I hope you get into UChicago, and I think you will :) Good luck !
Mango17 - / 15  
Jan 2, 2012   #5
You have a very beautiful way with words. I think the essays are perfect and are ready to be sent out.


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