Privatizing Public Things

But what does it mean to say that these public things create the necessary conditions for democracy? She maintains that thingness is what is most important in her assessment: “If we focus only on shared space or the commons, we get either a more individualistic political subject than the subject of public things or one

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Protean Miniatures: The Adaptability and Sustainability of Flash Fiction

What is the difference between flash fiction and the very short story? One of the most oft-repeated mantras of both the freshman composition class and the MFA workshop is: “Show, don’t tell.” In flash fiction, you don’t really show or tell; you gesture, you suggest. Decisiveness is key. I don’t think there’s enough story in

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Hannah Khalil’s ‘Scenes from 68* Years’ Shortlisted for James Tait Black Prize for Drama

Forget suicide belts and stone-hurling youths – here the real human story is revealed: the dreams, comedy, sadness and frustrations of daily life in the shadow of the ‘separation wall’. Life can be unpredictable under occupation. Palestinian-Irish playwright Hannah Khalil draws on stories from family and friends’ lives to paint this alternative picture – one

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It’s Okay That Anne Shirley Never Became a Writer

“[T]he presiding genius of Anne is not the gritty grey Angel of Realism, but the rainbow-coloured, dove-winged Godlet of the Heart’s Desire,” Margaret Atwood observed. Soon after her arrival, Anne assigns poetic names to prosy lakes and trees (“The White Way of Delight,” “Lover’s Lane,” Bonnie the geranium), forms a writing club with her friends

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