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April 18, 2017

The Afterlife of F. Scott Fitzgerald 1

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Fitzgerald found a way for his death to give Tycoon, a necessarily fragmented tale of loss, a more moving outcome than anything he might dream up.

April 17, 2017

“Brutalised Africans made Glasgow” 0

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Amidst increasing calls to “memorialize slavery’s ties with Glasgow in a more sensitive way,” Scottish poet Kate Tough recently published a tribute poem, “People Made Glasgow.” Tough calls on the city to install a permanent slavery exhibit, a memorial garden, or new street names as well.

April 17, 2017

“Dolly Parton’s song roars with need / And envy.” 0

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The University of Tennessee will offer history students a seminar on Dolly Parton’s life, so this is as good a time as any to revisit Sherman Alexie’s poem, “Ode to Jolene.”

April 17, 2017

What Edith Wharton Taught Me about Marriage 2

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The Age of Innocence, from three different epochs of married life.

April 16, 2017

Identity Crisis 0

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Recommended Reading: Our own Ismail Muhammad on a new book of essays by Durga Chew-Bose. 

April 15, 2017

The Cosmonaut 0

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Conrad Aiken’s tombstone reads: “Cosmos Mariner — Destination Unknown.” Which raises the question: what exactly does this epitaph say about the poet’s work? In the LA Times, an argument that Aiken deserves a reappraisal.

April 14, 2017

Class with Harry Crews 0

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When asked about his tenure as a professor of creative writing, Harry Crews used to say, “I may be at the university, but I damn sure ain’t of the university.” But in talking to his former students, Crews’s biographer, Ted Geltner, found that in spite of the writer’s efforts to distance himself from academia, he really was a […]

April 14, 2017

Gertrude Stein: Unlikely Comp Teacher 2

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Gertrude Stein’s writing isn’t, on the face of it, a style we’d traditionally encourage in college. But why? Doesn’t it uphold the tenacious inquiry we ask of collegial adults? Doesn’t it allow for play and interest? Doesn’t it make claims?

April 13, 2017

Woman with Power Is Woman Unchecked: Reading Narratives of Indian Women 3

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Woman is either heretically subversive or divinely transcendent; there is no middle ground.

April 12, 2017

The Maya School Needs Help 0

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Last year, Netherland author Joseph O’Neill helped open the Maya School, a school for Syrian refugee children in Turkey. Now he’s asking for donations of additional funds to keep the school operational. “We have set up a transparent and cost-effective partnership with Turkish counterparts of great integrity and knowhow,” O’Neill writes. “Of the $16,000 we raised last year, $3000 […]