It’s not a lie to call something a “Horatio Alger ‘Rags to Riches’ story,” but it is also almost never accurate.
The professional sports industry earns more for the plutocrats who own the teams than the agricultural industry earns for the farmers who feed the world.
The more I practice photography, the more I come to realize that, in a way, it's my way of holding on to a visual world that is slipping through my fingertips like grains of sand.
The New York Times sparks criticism after releasing an all-white reading list. As Roxane Gay says, “Another day, another all-white list of recommended reading.”
When we teach Twain, why Huck Finn? Inarguably, the man from Hannibal is an important American writer whom students should know about. But why present him in a way to drive away potential interest?
Fall approaches. The novel scurries into corners, a rat-like beastie, and you attempt to slip the leash back on. You know this book will kill you.
Margaret Atwood’s tired, world-weary look said everything for me. I kind of grimaced at her, not apologetically even, but in a totally mysterious “you have no idea” way.
George Takei played Sulu on Star Trek. Even pasty-white America watched Star Trek and loved it. Nobody guessed that Sulu was gay.
“Reading rates are falling everywhere as screens draw eyes from pages, but boys are giving up faster.”
Contrary to my expectations, I find Knausgaard is really good and, even better, accessible. Not pretentious at all as I feared but funny, empathetic, honest.
The themes seem to resonate with everyone because, after all, the river is its own life—one that troubles and aids us. It is like a god we plead to, beg, and thank.
Dear Amazon, thank you for your recent email suggesting I purchase my own book… The first time, I thought it was cute and funny. But after this fifth time it made me start wondering exactly what is going on over there.
Celan was not the first nor the last poet to be accused of navel-gazing. And within our selfie-obsessed culture, his work is probably more relevant than ever.