Category Archives: Prose

Fiction and Argument: Building a Room of One’s Own

It’s been a painfully slow week. Well, the weekends have gone by quickly – too quickly, to be honest – but the days are dragging on. Maybe it’s a side effect of this frigid (ok, by mid-Atlantic standards) weather… The … Continue reading

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Le Bourdain Noir

  Disclaimer: This is not a post about boudin noir – though I can tell you that I’d very much like to eat some – nor is it about Bourdain being black, or a black Bourdain, or…well, it was just a … Continue reading

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“Why We Can’t Wait” (And Why We Shouldn’t)

Like many other people, I suspect, I only knew about Martin Luther King, Jr. through four terms: civil rights; “I Have A Dream;” his assassination; and the holiday that bears his name. His legacy remains immense in the American consciousness, … Continue reading

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Shelf Reflections: The Year (and More!) in Review

On a chilly, rainy Friday morning back in October, I walked up to my bookshelf to find a book to read. I spent some time sorting through the spines until I began asking myself: How many of these books have … Continue reading

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A Defense of Reading: Northrop Frye and the Educated Imagination

In my last post I started off with a groan-inducing question. So for consistency, let me start this post in a similar vein: Why read at all? Well, that’s not a terribly useful question – literacy is intimately linked with survival, … Continue reading

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And the 2014 Word Cup American Finalists Are…

Are you excited? Hooo boy, I am! There’s nothing I love more than soccer books and soccer (and food, that’s always good too), and thanks to a slow snow day at work I finally found the time to get my ring of … Continue reading

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“We Work, to Stay Alive:” Fiction and the South African Literary Imagination

This is not a post about Nelson Mandela. Numerous public tributes for a man of such stature have flooded in and will no doubt continue to do so for some time, while many more of us, I would imagine, have … Continue reading

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