Aimee Liu

Novelist, Essayist, Teacher

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Your 2020 Year-end Lockdown List for Book Groups!

Your 2020 Year-end Lockdown List for Book Groups!
Dec 23, 2020 by Aimee Liu

I belong to a fabulous and diverse group of 2020 authors. We call ourselves Lockdown Literature, or Lockies for short, and we’ve launched a “share the wealth” campaign to introduce you to some of the many authors who would love to visit your group, either virtually or (when permissible) in person, in 2021.

 


 

How Creative Generosity Can Prevent Loneliness

How Creative Generosity Can Prevent Loneliness
Dec 11, 2020 by Aimee Liu
This year is taking a dangerous toll on our social lives. Rates of loneliness and depression have spiked since the start of the pandemic, and teens, young adults and the elderly are especially vulnerable. This shouldn’t surprise us, since human beings are social animals; we’re wired to be in physical proximity with each other and to need social contact. But many people with chronic and serious illnesses have been grappling with the social challenges of quarantine for a lot longer than six months. It makes sense, then, to look to these lockdown masters for social survival lessons.

Pathos and Bathos in “The Crown”

Pathos and Bathos in “The Crown”
Dec 02, 2020 by Aimee Liu
Discovering the royal keys to addictive drama
pathos
1 : an element in experience or in artistic representation evoking pity or compassion
2 : an emotion of sympathetic pity
bathos
1 : an abrupt, presumably unintended juxtaposition of the exalted and the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect
2 : insincere or overdone pathos : sentimentalism