Archive for November, 2016

Everywhere a Book Is Waiting

The new issue of World Literature Today arrived in the mail this past week, and just in time—swinging back and forth as I am from sadness to despair to a cold anger that needs to be fed by increased political engagement, I find I need literature more than ever to help ground me. So what […]

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Think Good Thoughts

Now that we have elected a frightening man-baby to become the 45th President of the United States, many commentators have observed that we are entering “uncharted territory.” But that’s not true at all. The territory has already been charted, in an episode of Twilight Zone titled “It’s a Good Life.” In this episode, all that […]

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

The Country We Want Our Country To Be

I don’t write much about politics directly on this website, probably because I assume my liberal sensibility pervades much of what I offer here about the art of writing and literature anyway. Today will be different. After this long and monstrous election cycle and its unspeakably monstrous result, I feel flattened, and I know so […]

Thursday, November 10th, 2016