Posts Tagged: the American Reader

Reality Scooped: Talking with Tony Tulathimutte

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Recent Whiting Award winner Tony Tulathimutte discusses his first novel, Private Citizens, the state of satire in 2017, “booby-trapping” identity politics, and productivity in the Internet age. ...more

Appropriating Rural Poverty

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We’re living in a golden decade for rural escapist fare: the latest, most extreme iteration of a cultural construct that effectively removes people living there from society’s list of concerns. The effect of these savvy new Westerns is, in some ways, even more insidious than their progenitors’, since they incorporate the countryside’s decline into the genre’s standard narrative, and, in so doing, effectively ignore that decline by aestheticizing it.

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Memory Loss

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These days, memorization, like corporal punishment, is something our culture has largely evolved beyond. We might all know the first verse of Jane Taylor’s “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” but beyond that it’s hit and miss. In the age of search engines, perfect recall is no longer prized—just remember a couple key search terms and we’re good to go.

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Read (and listen to) Long Meadow!

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Artist/Poet Jon Cotner has a poem, “Long Meadow,” over at The American Reader. Not only can you read this amazing poem but it has audio!

I still have yet to    adjust to    North American life I    can’t say exactly when
the sun sets these days    I know in Berlin    you’ll get daylight until    9:30
or so    but    here there may very well be just    an hour hour-and-a-half    of daylight remaining though the sky    is blue    I see puffy    mountainous clouds
in the distance    a gull    its wings tipped black    gigantic trees I can’t name
reflective pond.

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