The Book We Need Isn’t Orwell’s 1984

Orwell's 1984 may provide us with a vocabulary for critiquing the Trump administration. "Double speak," "thought police": these and other turns of phrase explain the peculiar and insidious ways in which Trump is gaslighting America. (This is a phenomenon that Lauren Duca has explained, incisively, in Teen Vogue.) And while we need 1984's lexicon of authoritarianism, it's not... Continue Reading →

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News: Review of Dinitia Smith’s THE HONEYMOON at Necessary Fiction

My review of Dinitia Smith's The Honeymoon has gone live in Necessary Fiction! You can read my review of this novel here. This novel, published by Other Press, meditates on the life and work of the Victorian novelist George Eliot, and it's a mesmerizing work of biographical/historical fiction. You can find this book online at Barnes &... Continue Reading →

Literary News: Harper Lee’s Secret Manuscript

By now, I'm sure you've all heard the news that the ever-reclusive Harper Lee is set to publish a second novel entitled Go Set a Watchman. It's a thrilling announcement for the literary community, with both Facebook and Twitter thrumming with the announcement. So far, though, I've seen little comment on the secret history of Lee's second... Continue Reading →

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