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Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Jessie Tu and the Fashionably Regressive Approach to Reading

Any person who produces art or literature, or who offers up anything at all for public consumption, must have a thick skin. Harsh reviews are as much a part of the writing life as days in front of a blank screen. But Jessie Tu’s recent article in the Sydney

Neil Tully
Neil Tully
Arts and Culture
Mrs. Dalloway: Secularism and Its Enchantments

Mrs. Dalloway: Secularism and Its Enchantments

1922 is one of those spooky years in the history of literature, when several revolutionary things seemed to be taking place at once. At the time, Virginia Woolf was still a minor figure in the publishing scene, but she was in the beginnings of her literary chrysalis. She had recently

Jared Marcel Pollen
Jared Marcel Pollen
Review
Twilight of the Satyrs

Twilight of the Satyrs

I. On April 18th of this year, Blake Bailey, 58, the author of Philip Roth: The Biography, was abruptly dropped by his literary agency, the Story Company. His book had been published on April 6th, and climbed to the top of the bestseller lists. But then allegations emerged that while

Charlotte Allen
Charlotte Allen
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Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole—A Review

Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole—A Review

A review of Political Correctness: A Sociocultural Black Hole, by Thomas Tsakalakis. Routledge, 164 pages. (October 2020) How would a pacifist react to the display of war-time paraphernalia such as torpedoes turned into rusty vases or hand grenades filled with soap? He would most likely find it appalling, fascist, and

Göran Adamson
Göran Adamson
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The Subversive Simone Weil—A Review

The Subversive Simone Weil—A Review

A review of The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas, by Robert Zaretsky. The University of Chicago Press, 181 pages. (February 2021) “How much time do you devote each day to thinking?” That’s a strange question to ask a nurse from one’s hospital bed,

Seamus Flaherty
Seamus Flaherty
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Listening to Literature—What We Gain and Lose with Audiobooks

Listening to Literature—What We Gain and Lose with Audiobooks

I couldn’t finish Ulysses. This was 1994, the year after I’d graduated from Arizona State University with an English degree, and the year that my rock band started providing a living from playing gigs in Tempe. Both of these events left me divorced from a reading

Art Edwards
Art Edwards
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Interview with Slavenka Drakulić—the East-West Doyenne of the 1990s

Interview with Slavenka Drakulić—the East-West Doyenne of the 1990s

For anyone interested in Eastern Europe in the 1990s—that surreal time when the Berlin Wall had just fallen but the gulf between East and West remained palpable—the Croatian writer Slavenka Drakulić was required reading. Her books opened up to us that world from inside, written by a woman—

Robin Ashenden
Robin Ashenden
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The Prophet of Dystopia at Rest: Margaret Atwood in Cuba

The Prophet of Dystopia at Rest: Margaret Atwood in Cuba

Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance, you have to work at it. ~Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale As a Cuba scholar, a student of literature and politics, and an enthusiastic reader of Margaret Atwood’s work, I have collected articles and media clips over the years related to

Yvon Grenier
Yvon Grenier
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