This is my third attempt to sit down and write an academic post on J.M. Coetzee’s 1999 novel Disgrace, and it gives me joy that I am not writing it. Continue reading Rilke, Joy, and a Spring Morning That Feels Like Fall
Sure, I had the privilege of choosing to leave my homeland, but how much of that choice was really mine to begin with? Continue reading Dear Europe: I Promise I’m Not Staying
In these trying times, there may be attempts to take advantage of your generosity and grief. Here are some reputable ways to help Turkey and Syria. Continue reading On Turkey & Syria: How You Can Help
What is not to love about a postcolonial novel that complicates the concepts of “victory” and “heroism,” inviting questions about whose victory, whose hero, and whose version of events–whose (hi)story is being told? Continue reading Decolonizing History & Reclaiming the Narrative: Leila Aboulela’s Latest Novel River Spirit
The opposite of death is not life, I don’t think–it is wonder. My grandpa’s words “I don’t want to die” reverberated until they did not. Continue reading Existential Threats & Good Books | 2022 in Review
How many of us, “congenial spirits” are left out there, as Woolf writes in The Voyage Out (1915), “feel[ing] intensely the delights of shutting oneself up in a little world of one’s own, with pictures and music and everything beautiful.” Continue reading “Ravens, Cream, solitude, sublimity”: Virginia Woolf on Literature & Inner Peace
I owe it to myself to write, I often think to myself. Irrespective of what it is that I’m writing, writing seems to be the tool that enables me to be in touch with the best version of myself. Continue reading Plums & Society & Fall Reads | November 2022
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