Articles by Deji Bryce Olukotun

July 22, 2014

Our Own Personal Superhero: Gene Luen Yang and The Shadow Hero 4

It’s like coloring within the lines of a Jackson Pollock painting.

April 10, 2014

Sweep, Harvest, Gather: Mapping Metaphors to Fight Surveillance 3

To better understand how metaphors are being used in coverage of surveillance, PEN embarked on a study of articles by journalists and bloggers. There is rich thematic diversity in the types of metaphors that are used, but there is also a failure of imagination in using literature to describe surveillance.

April 5, 2013

Now She Has a Name: When a Serial Killer Visited My Small Town 3

My parents reassured me that we were safe. But there were deeper questions: Why hadn’t anyone noticed that a head was missing? Wasn’t the family looking for the head? The thought that no family member cared enough about this person’s head to claim it back was even more terrifying. If your family can’t search for your missing head, then what good are they, in the end?

March 2, 2012

Not Your Mother’s Book Club: The Oil Barons Society of Texas 11

In a South Texas parlor room, 10 men eagerly hold shots of bourbon in their hands. Together they raise their glasses and down the whiskey in one go. This is the Oil Barons Society, an exclusive, men-only book club in San Antonio.