“The first thing he said is, ‘Don't call me Mr. Baldwin. My name is Jimmy.’ I thought, this is ridiculous, at the very least he's James.”
Latin American authors must defer to “Latin America”—as imagined by centers of literary power—to be translated, to sell, to make money.
There are so many utopias. Could one be a small collective of nuns, performing their chores, far from the disasters of the 12th century?
Very much against the grain of most standard leftist work, “Daughter of Earth” remains unsettled and unsettling throughout.
Between the lines, Cervantes critiqued the Catholic church, and lamented over the systematic destruction of Islamic culture in Spain.
“One way to think about the act of annotating is that you are that meddlesome party gossip, telling the reader how to draw connections between the different parts of the text.”
Few novels are so crammed with invention. Yet the interlocking richness of her ideas does not derail your reading.
If memory is an unreliable narrator, how can it be the medium through which we arrive at the truth about ourselves?
Benzion Netanyahu—father of the former prime minister—is not the protagonist; rather, it is his scholarship and the practice of history itself.
Climate change didn’t just wreck the planet; it closed off and reshaped the future. Even utopia—if we reach it—will be a mess.
Nobody knows what will be useful in the future. And this is why we so often find humanistic activities in the seeds and roots of STEM.
What does it mean to write—and read—an American novel in the wake of anti-Asian racism and hate crimes, events connected to a history of Asian exclusion?
“I have been building some shanties of houses …,” wrote Melville to Hawthorne, “and likewise some shanties of chapters and essays.”
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Hazzard was given to lingering in the fraught silences that follow great tumult, taking the time to find something worth saying.