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Book of the Week: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is no stranger to creating complexly woven novels, but this one takes the biscuit (which would come in a Londoner’s bus-shaped tin) at encompassing both the isolating perils of fame, and the anxiety of close-knit communities. 854 more words

Behold The Natives!

Today is an exciting day because I am venturing into the unknown!

So this is the thing. Everytime I have an issue in my heart that I want to blog about, I end up abandoning it all together because it seems by the time I am done critically examining the issue, the blog post might as well end up as a dissertation. 128 more words


Coffee Log, Day 60


Coffee: Organic Sumatra Blend, Trader Joe’s Brand

I think about family. I belong to a lawyer and musician who met at a Chapel Hill bus stop. 272 more words

Critique of the Image @umbertoeco_ ‏

In his seminal essay, Critique of the Image, the renowned semiotician, Umberto Eco, proposes a clear taxonomy of codes used to interpret an image in the semiotic tradition. 538 more words


A Classic Couple: Howards End and On Beauty

It’s finally time to return to the long-lost Classic Couple feature! Today I’ll be highlighting a pair of novels that were basically designed to go together: E.M. 507 more words


Spotlight on ... Zadie Smith

Feel Free, a collection of essays by celebrated British writer Zadie Smith, has recently been released. Here I look at how she started her career, what she has accomplished and where she plans to go next. 1,292 more words


Happy New You! Listen, Learn, Write

The season ahead for me in this corner of the interwebs may be a little quieter. I’m going to focus more on my poetry ( 260 more words

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