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Alger’s Road to Riches

Alger’s Road to Riches

It’s not a lie to call something a “Horatio Alger ‘Rags to Riches’ story,” but it is also almost never accurate.
The Tainted Thrill of Victory

The Tainted Thrill of Victory

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.
Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura

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.
Recommended Reading: Still White, Still Male

Recommended Reading: Still White, Still Male

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.”
A Dissent on Teaching Huckleberry Finn

A Dissent on Teaching Huckleberry Finn

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?
Ten Ways Your Novel Will Kill You

Ten Ways Your Novel Will Kill You

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.
That One Time a Homicide Detective Introduced Me to Margaret Atwood

That One Time a Homicide Detective Introduced Me to Margaret Atwood

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.
Like Takei: Coming Out, Because It’s The Right Thing To Do

Like Takei: Coming Out, Because It’s The Right Thing To Do

George Takei played Sulu on Star Trek. Even pasty-white America watched Star Trek and loved it. Nobody guessed that Sulu was gay.
Girls are Surging Ahead of Boys in Reading and Literacy. And Other News.

Girls are Surging Ahead of Boys in Reading and Literacy. And Other News.

“Reading rates are falling everywhere as screens draw eyes from pages, but boys are giving up faster.”
My Own Struggle, Or An Exercise in Autofiction

My Own Struggle, Or An Exercise in Autofiction

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.
Reflections on River Mouth

Reflections on River Mouth

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.
An Open Letter to Amazon

An Open Letter to Amazon

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.
The Poetry of Paul Celan & the Language of the Selfie

The Poetry of Paul Celan & the Language of the Selfie

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.
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