Ventures Category

“On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.”

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“You can’t make a difference in the world by going to parties.”

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Donna Tartt’s ‘The Secret History’ and The God of Illusions

Introductory talk given at Shakespeare & Co. on April 13, 2020 to Donna Tartt’s brilliant novel The Secret History ***spoilers ahead!*** A good way of introducing Donna Tartt’s debut novel is the working title, which for most of the 8 to 9 years Tartt spent writing this, was The God of Illusions. That title I […]

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In a sparse and beautiful page-long prologue, we encounter a violent act against Kayden Kelliher, a 17-year-old Geshig High School basketball star. His death, brought on by gang violence and communal depression, haunts the town in this story of violence, redemption, and self-determination.

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Sarah Viren’s “Mine”

One of the best book of narrative essays I’ve read in years.

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