Posts Tagged: Zyzzyva

History as Structure

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In a Q & A with debut novelist Yaa Gyasi on the ZYZZYVA blog, Ismail Muhammad asks Gyasi to expound on narrative structure and the far-reaching effects of the international slave trade:

I realized that I was interested in tracking how slavery, colonialism, and institutionalized racism work over a very long period of time—not just the beginning and end, but the movement from the beginning to the end.

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Affected

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Over at ZYZZYVA, Sam Shuler reviews Robert Roper’s new work, Nabokov in America. Roper focuses on Nabokov’s experiences in America, and claims that Nabokov was able to write his best work in America because he was so affected by the country:

Roper’s reflections on Nabokov are carried out with a clarity and a directness often missing from the academicians’ spiraling and excessively involuted forays.

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A Necessarily Incomplete But Hopefully Helpful List That Proves The Slush Pile Has a Pulse

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A couple of weeks ago, I ranted against a Wall Street Journal article that proclaimed “The Slush Pile is Dead.” The slush pile, for those who are unfamiliar, is the name for the large amount of unsolicited writing that’s submitted for publication to magazines and web sites.

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