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How It Feels to Be Colored Me in the Long 18th C

In her essay “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” first published in 1928, Zora Neale Hurston recalls “the very day became colored:”...

The Conscience of an English Major

The media is awash with studies weighing the importance of higher education. They invariably calculate this value in terms of future earning power: whether...

The Machine, the Garden, and the Hollow

The work of the writer, artist, and critic Gary Indiana has coursed through the underworld of American letters since Indiana started writing in the...

I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the V21 Manifesto

The Rambling is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay about recent developments in the study of Victorian literature. We have...

Snooki Wrote That Op-Ed

With all the educated guesses made by political pundits and Omarosa as to who wrote the anonymous Op-Ed published in the New York Times...

DIY Claude Glasses

When I was a pre-teen in the mid-1990s, I owned several American Girl craft books that were sold as companions to the dolls. Each...

Living in the New, New Middle Ages

In his classic essays “Living in the New Middle Ages” and “Dreaming of the Middle Ages,” republished in his Travels in Hyperreality (1984), Umberto...

Insensibly Led

Towards A Theory of Digression —but this is a digression from my subject—no matter for that, a digression is quite the thing in a...

“Indelible in the Hippocampus”

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette and the Tradition of Women’s Satire Laughter is powerful, and it’s often touted as the best medicine. But as we know...

Liking Beer

In the Senate Judiciary Hearing held after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s report that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her became public, Kavanaugh famously declared: “Yes,...

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