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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

Blog Announcements: “Freshly Pressed,” 1K Followers, and Twitter

We are thrilled to announce that another Soonest Mended article has been featured on “Freshly Pressed”: this time, it was Robert Blakslee’s “Being Foreign, or Why I Don’t Understand Mexico, Part … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

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

Art and Theatre: A Hybrid Archipelago

By Paloma Blanchet-Hidalgo, contributing writer Literary and art critic based in Paris, France, Paloma writes for several publications, including the literary supplement of Le Monde. At the junction of performance and … Continue reading

July 24, 2014 · Leave a 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

Being Foreign, or Why I Don’t Understand Mexico Part II

By Robert Blakslee I’ve been living in Mexico for quite some time now. Life is good; my city is safe, rent is cheap, I like the food and it’s cheap … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 47 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