by Michael Schapira

Harraga – Boualem Sansal

The canon of world literature should not just reflect a liberal-humanist position.

glo: Lauri Stallings and Mary Virginia Coleman

glo has this great persistence to it. I would probably be put on fire if I ask any less of myself, the world, human nature, the human condition — no one would hang around.

The Future – Marc Augé / Heroes – Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi

Neither Augé nor Bifo wants the future to be a dodge, and nor should we.

The Wisconsin Blues

“Meet the state’s workforce needs” is a dangerous misreading of what it means for universities to provide a public benefit.

Andrew Hartman

The metaphor of war works from the assumption that there is no consensus, that there never was agreement to begin with.

Captives – Norman Manea

Captives speaks to Sebald’s call to stick within the register of memory, even if memory has been stripped of its supporting features.

Hunter Kennedy

It never reached the level of aesthetic. That’s like a craps shooter talking about his skill with dice. I was just hoping to get lucky.

Lori Cole

The questionnaire punctures the bravado of the manifesto, which is such a singular, almost bold, optimistic doctrine or document. The questionnaire allows room for doubt, ambivalence, dissent, and debate.

Chris Andrews

I read Bolaño first as a general reader, then as a translator, and finally as a critic.

Robert Meister – pt. 2

In California belief in the goodness of our state universities is best understood as a civic religion, which makes it difficult when faculty like me and Chris Newfield try to tell the public that its universities have become worse