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The Sellout, Paul Beatty

I didn’t know who Paul Beatty was a few weeks ago, when I suddenly became aware that he’s been canonized as our funniest, most relevant literary writer on the black American experience. 903 more words

Kiese Laymon, “Our Kind of Ridiculous”

“If white America entitlement meant anything, it meant that no matter how patronizing, unashamed, deliberate, unintentional, poor, rich, rural, urban, ignorant, and destructive white Americans were, black Americans were still encouraged to work for them, write to them, listen to them, talk with them, run from them, emulate them, teach them, dodge them, and ultimately thank them for not being as fucked up as they could be.”


What I'm Reading Lately

Some books I’ve been reading since the secular New Year:

Didion, Joan – The Year of Magical Thinking. Joan Didion wrote a painfully honest book about the year following her husband’s sudden death. 337 more words


Weekend Reading

Here are some short stories, essays, interviews, and reviews to satisfy your weekend literary craving:
Mary Ruefle’s essay, My Private Property, in The Kenyon Review. 155 more words

Contemporary Mississippi Authors #1: Kiese Laymon

For 2015, a new series of posts will focus on writers currently living in or from Mississippi. As many of you know, Oxford is home to a number of authors, and the state’s literary scene is as rich as ever. 289 more words


Hit the Books: The Best Feminist Reads of 2014

Like a great white shark, you swim through the depths of a great book-ocean, hunting for prey. Already you have ambushed part one of Girls Like Giants’ … 1,041 more words