by | 08.10.2016
Her run-on sentences are the mechanism for producing a distinctive reality effect. They deny, at the micro-level, any logical cohesion or narrative arc or life story, even as they are part of a retrospective narration whose end is never really in doubt.
by | 08.03.2016
Henning Mankell's detective is always uneasy around those alien characters (the typographical kind).
by | 07.14.2016
One should understand Justice Alito's representation of Asian Americans in his dissenting opinion as indicative of how the system of racism evolves in order to maintain itself. Specifically, Asian Americans have become a proxy group for White Americans.
by | 07.05.2016
Consider this: classic noir movies are about truth rather than erotic satisfaction. A MacGuffin pulls a narrative down a track criss-crossing the love story that will make the movie end happily. We want the happy ending, but not too soon.
by | 06.06.2016
At the end of the service, after the monks left with their stern but beatific expressions, I stepped out to the terrace, hundreds of feet from the sea. At the distance the sun shimmered, calming the waves of the Aegean. The morning was all aglow. Was I beholding a revelation?
by | 05.23.2016
A reflection on Tram 83 by Fiston Mwanza Mujila that sets the novel in the context of African and world literature.
by | 05.09.2016
Christian cultural practice in the Iberian Peninsula belies a lingering paganism in the Peninsula well after we assume the total defeat of organized pagan religion: you just have to know where to look.
by | 04.23.2016
If Shakespeare’s greatest characters quake to their very core with the realization of what they cannot see, or lose their reason altogether when they finally grasp how little they understood, Cervantes crafted an entirely new way of writing around his characters’ limitations and the incompatibility of their different perceptions of the world.