A Love Letter to My Hometown

by Alexandra Gipson

“I grew up in Plum, a funny name for a funny town/ whose gaudy purple trash cans display the words/
“One Great Big Small Boro”/ with pride, as if this town has something to be proud of.”

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On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done

The way in which Bryan Fogel portrays the complex constellations of power —  from the press corps to the Saudi crown to the White House —  reveals a clear story of how murky the issues of free speech and dissent can be. Though the events surrounding Khashoggi’s death are complicated, Fogel makes one thing definite: more must be done. 

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What Writers Are Reading: Patrice Nganang

Patrice Nganang describes his reading diet: “I read and stop, this book, that book, without distinction. Sometimes I read all the books of an author, and then move to other writers. I just finished reading the books by Cameroonian writer Max Lobe, and now it is Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor I am reading, after this I am reading Imbolo Mbue.”

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Imprisonment of GN Saibaba Is Tantamount to Torture

In a statement given to the Scholars at Risk, his wife Vasantha Kumari said that during her last phone call with Saibaba, he “could speak with great difficulty. We could make out he was breathless, his throat was sore.” With each passing day, it grows increasingly troubling that, even after a positive test for Covid-19, the Indian government and the government of Maharashtra State will continue their practice of denying basic medical care to Saibaba.

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How to Survive in America: A Conversation with Damon Young

Last summer, Damon Young — the writer, critic, and humorist — partnered with City of Asylum to host a six-episode series called “How to Survive in America” in which he interviewed some of his favorite writers about writing, race, living through COVID-19, and everything in between.

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How to Survive in America: A Conversation with Damon Young
by  / March 9, 2021
Last summer, Damon Young — the writer, critic, and humorist — partnered with City of Asylum to host a six-episode series called “How to Survive in America” in which he interviewed some of his favorite writers about writing, race, living through COVID-19, and everything in between. Read more...
On Bryan Fogel’s “The Dissident”: To Find Justice for Jamal Khashoggi, More Must Be Done
by  / April 1, 2021
The way in which Bryan Fogel portrays the complex constellations of power —  from the press corps to the Saudi crown to the White House —  reveals a clear story of how murky the issues of free speech and dissent can be. Though the events surrounding Khashoggi’s death are complicated, Fogel m Read more... Read more...

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  • A Love Letter to My Hometown

    by Alexandra Gipson

    “I grew up in Plum, a funny name for a funny town/ whose gaudy purple trash cans display the words/
    “One Great Big Small Boro”/ with pride, as if this town has something to be proud of.”

    Read more...

  • Patrice Nganang image
    What Writers Are Reading: Patrice Nganang

    Patrice Nganang describes his reading diet: “I read and stop, this book, that book, without distinction. Sometimes I read all the books of an author, and then move to other writers. I just finished reading the books by Cameroonian writer Max Lobe, and now it is Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor I am reading, after this I am reading Imbolo Mbue.”

    Read more...

  • May Day

    by Mike Schneider

    Spend! Spend! Spend! Spend!
    says the lady in billowing purple
    & gold pajama pants & flip-flops,
    shuffling east on Carson at 15th …

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  • Love Song to Pixelated Foxes

    by Ellen McGrath Smith

    “I have leased out my soul to these animals, no strings attached save their promise to keep being foxes, living on the fringe of the mess we’ve made, scoring petty carnage … ”

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  • The Land of Make Believe

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    “Last night I dreamt That Tom Hanks was my houseguest. His neighborly limbs were/Too long to fit comfortably within our walls,/ Having grown smaller somehow. Is it because of the quarantine,/
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