Rambling Reads

Shadow Work

(The Secret Lives of Academic Books) I wrote my second book under a shadow, though that shadow is, by definition, nowhere obviously apparent.* I’m...

Destroy: Frankenstein for the BLM Movement

(Victor LaValle’s Destroyer and the Problem of Progress) Victor LaValle’s comic mini-series, Destroyer, reimagines Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the context of the Black Lives Matter...

Lit-Fic-Rev-Engine

“With glittering prose, your novel recreates the darkest corners of American life in an unforgettably tender portrait of the fragile consequences of ambition and...

Immigrant Birds

(Birds of Passage – History, Science, Politics) Where do birds go in the winter? The answer seems obvious now: They migrate to warmer climates....

Happy Birthday to Emily Brontë, A Very Nasty Woman

(On Losing the Sequel to Wuthering Heights) This month marks the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, author of Wuthering Heights. Brontëphiles can be sorted...

Books I’d Like to Write!

(A Listicle) The things you think of to link are not in your control. It’s just who you are, bumping into the world. But...

Outlander: Making Scotland Great Again?

(Sex-Positive Conservatism and Nostalgic Desire) “Is Outlander just Waverley with boobs?” A friend posed this question when the Starz show Outlander first premiered in 2014. Both the...

After Dark in the Playing Fields

Whatever else it should have—women in white or doors that won’t close or the governess who fell in love with the valet—a ghost story...

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