Posts Tagged: tennessee

The Dark Heart of America: On David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon


David Grann's new book Killers of the Flower Moon explores the 1920s murders of the Osage tribe, the making of the FBI, and is a reminder of the all too recent history of betrayals that comprise America’s dark heart. ...more

Wanted/Needed/Loved: Allison Crutchfield’s Sewing Machine


When I’m away touring, my clothes are my connection to home, my way of feeling myself. ...more

Touring Trump’s America on Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad


Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad won the National Book Award on Wednesday night. In his acceptance speech he told us, “We’re happy in here; outside is the blasted hellhole wasteland of Trumpland. Be kind to everybody. Make art and fight the power.”

Not only was this apt for the evening, but it also describes the landscape of his novel, which presents us with several different Americas, including the diverse, literary America he was referring to.


American Ambiguity


My racial awareness, perhaps even my awareness of myself as a person, self-consciousness, is a three-pronged paradox of shame, pride, and indifference. ...more

The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show: Beth Bachmann


In Episode 8 of The Rumpus Late Nite Poetry Show, poet Beth Bachmann chats about her new collection, Do Not Rise, Dolly Parton, and the demands of lyric poetry. ...more