Pete Candler reflects on growing up in the South, legacy, and a place rooted in white supremacy.
A collection of mosaics looted in Turkey and sold in the US have finally returned home. But in the absence of definitive information about the unidentified ageless face called The Gypsy Girl, this so-called “Mona Lisa of Turkey” becomes a blank slate on which the viewer imposes provenance and meaning, which reflects the complex identity of Turkey itself.
Anton Webern’s Concerto, Opus 24 “would,” in pianist Mark Wallace’s words, “determine the course of my life.” Only years later did he understand why.
Jami Attenberg’s #1000WordsofSummer Turned a Corner of the Internet into a Supportive Literary Community
An essay on #1000WordsofSummer, the two-week-long public writing-accountability project novelist Jami Attenberg offered to writers for free, via Twitter, Instagram and TinyLetter, from June 15th through June 29th of 2018.
“Rather than a sign of increased polarization, of increased political energy, the popularity of the slogan tee is evidence of the dissolution of the political.”
“I don’t know if it was true or not, but it was part of the story.”
Kirsten Tranter is cleaning out her closet. But her clothes don’t spark joy, they spark memory.
“It’s still raining in Houston, and Game of Thrones is not a show about climate change, not really, because it’s possible to win The Game of Thrones.”
“In the beginning, there was a plane; and then there was an airport. And then there was a language. And then there was a city that taught me to live. This queer city, this brown city — this queer brown city. Finally, finally, I am home.”
Literary feuds often feel sad and empty, but intelligent, measured critiques advance human knowledge and get people thinking. Although not a response to the recent Atlantic piece about writer John D’Agata’s take/mistake on the essay form, this piece by another essayist adds many welcome dimensions to this ongoing debate around the definition and nature of the essay, and the role of facts and art in storytelling.