In the In-Between: Identity, Place, and Nuance in Anita Felicelli’s “Love Songs for a Lost Continent”

Dystopian fiction, for example, boomed for a while there; before that, there was a plethora of vampire novels; both have, by now, given way to other literary trends, such as autofiction and multigenerational novels. She was almost killed by her first husband who returned from Vietnam with PTSD and only one hand. Sita remembers clearly

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Taking Responsibility: An Interview with Sarah Schulman

And you’re asking people to make moral decisions about how they treat their friends in that context, and it’s impossible, because there’s a trickle-down of corruption. In fact, it reinforces it. Yeah, it’s like when I wrote my novel Shimmer, which is set during McCarthyism, and you’re in this period where the government is so

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Tales of Monstrous Women: “The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter” and “European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman” by Theodora Goss

How the murders are solved is, of course, important, because one of Goss’s priorities is entertainment. Wells’s The Island of Dr. And, of course, there is Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Justine’s narrative is written in a different voice from that of Catherine Moreau, who in turn sounds different from Beatrice Rappaccini. What could have

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American Idiots, American Killers, and the American Graphic Novel

Strangelove (1964); Hugh Hefner, who closely edited some of Feiffer’s best sex comedies; and Philip Roth, with whom Feiffer entertained small audiences at parties. ¤ A decent summary of the intricate plot of The Ghost Script would require spoilers not only of the book, but of the previous installments in the trilogy. The scene is

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Look Again! A Conversation with Irish Artist-Novelist Sara Baume

Elkins is a scholar, writer, and artist who teaches at Macalester College. I think it was in reference to amateur railway modelers that I first came across this term. All going to plan, once installed it will be a 40-foot skyline of miniature houses carved to the scale of traditional Irish-cottage souvenirs but in the

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The Love Story We Need

Perhaps one of the things that made romantic comedies uncool a couple of decades ago was the overwhelming homogeneity of their characters: white, pretty, straight, cisgender teenagers, twentysomethings, or — if the female character was going to have a whiff of desperation about her — thirtysomethings, mostly upper-middle or upper-upper class, with the occasional insertion

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Why We Need Erotica

Sir Stephen gave his consent.” The impulse to conflate a protagonist’s actions with the moral perspective of the author can be extremely strong, particularly when discussing works by women. It is hard to believe that Desclos meant O’s demise to be viewed positively — or even literally. This idea is actually supported by scientific research:

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The Other Secret Twist: On the Political Philosophy of The Good Place

Even though she does all the feminized care and reproductive work that Kant and most other Ethics 101 philosophers overlook and partners in a nominally hetero romance with Jason, Janet is not a girl. This points system is an easy way to bring out their worst traits, like Eleanor’s tendency to dunk on people who,

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The Great Red North

It is impossible to imagine today’s reawakening socialist left without them. On the other hand, the beating heart of a revolutionary tradition is precisely such a commitment — one of the great paradoxes of Marxism, a historically grounded belief in the reality of a world yet to come. To be sure, Canadians today also have

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Sexual Abuse and Critical Abuse: On Christian Kracht’s “The Dead”

Kracht’s novel, first published in German in 2016 and elegantly translated by Daniel Bowles, is set in the inter-bellum lull before hyper-modernity proved its dominance through the full-blown, state-of-the-art berserkdom of World War II, the Shoah, Little Boy and Fat Man. Kracht argued that this discovery prompted him to reread his oeuvre, and in his

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History for Sale: On Paige Williams’s “The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy”

Paleontologists excavate fossils in a systematic, methodical fashion, carefully recording the stratigraphy, the context, and the spatial data that surrounds them, but this important information is stripped away when fossils are prospected and commercially sold. The Tarbosaurus incident illustrated exactly what paleontologists had argued for decades — that the commercialization of fossils creates an incentive

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