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The Queer Art of History and Larry Kramer’s The American People

By Ben Miller “I wouldn’t pay any attention to that. You know how bitchy fags can be.” – Jennifer North, Valley of the Dolls Larry Kramer’s The American People: Volume … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

THE NEW GRAND TOUR, or Study Abroad à l’américaine

By Christopher Gellert What is it with us Americans and our longings for old stones and cathedrals? You think we would get enough of rocks covered with moss and churches … Continue reading

September 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Disavowing Youthful Writing and an Author’s Practiced Suicide: On David Foster Wallace’s Rejection of His Early Fiction

By S.Y. Kim In the years shortly before he chose Total Oblivion for himself, David Foster Wallace habitually told his creative writing students at Pomona College that the best thing … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ezra Pound and Writing the Orient: “As far as Chō-fū-Sa”

By Shijung Kim The Other, or the other (the capitalization depends on the context and preference), in the sense of irreducible difference, has been a catchphrase in the humanities for … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 5 Comments

Fabritius’s Chained Goldfinch, and Donna Tartt’s Chained Fabritius—The Goldfinch that won the Pulitzer

By Christopher Gellert In Fabritius’s painting a small, insubstantial piece of feather and beak dressed in gold and black sits patiently on a green perch, its thin chain almost imperceptible. … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

The War Within

By Mika Kasuga I was a little bemused when I saw that the NSA scandal caused sales of 1984, George Orwell’s masterpiece, to rise more than 3,000 percent.  Although it warms my … Continue reading

April 8, 2014 · 61 Comments

Zadie Smith’s NW and the Myth of the Self

By Robert Blakslee, editor Zadie Smith, a darling of the literary community for several years now, has written four novels and a variety of non-fiction, and edited two anthologies. NW … Continue reading

March 14, 2014 · 2 Comments