Lines, Lineage, and Light in Jazmina Barrera’s “Linea Nigra”

THERE’S A CONCEPT in landscape architecture, a friend once told me, called a “desire line.” Picture a grassy quad on a college campus, neatly framed by flat gray sidewalks. Some walk along the cement, as the designers intended. But the preferred path can be seen from above; it cuts across the field, worn in from … Read more

The Paris Review – On Penumbra, Caio Fernando Abreu, and Alain Mabanckou

Penumbra (2021), by Hannah Black and Juliana Huxtable. Press image courtesy of the artists and Center d’Art Contemporain Genève. I frequently feel saddened and angry that animals—whom I love, sometimes feed, and never eat—mostly ignore or even run away from me. For this reason, I enjoyed Hannah Black and Juliana Huxtable’s animated film Penumbra, which … Read more

The Paris Review – Basilica

Giotto Di Bondone, “Mary Magdalene’s Voyage to Marseilles,” 1320s. LICENSED UNDER CC0 1.0. For a number of weeks one spring, I spent every afternoon at the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi. It was what we then thought was the tail end of a plague, and I had come to Italy to visit a friend who … Read more

We Had to Remove This Post

I didn’t talk to anyone else from our cohort. I wasn’t here to make friends, I told myself – after all, wasn’t that how things had gone south at my last job? Thanks to my having been so, shall we say, sociable, I was now stuck with a blocked credit card. The main reason I’d … Read more

How I Will PROTECT YOU Fills a Gap in Holocaust Education, a guest post by Danica Davidson

There are a number of Holocaust books out there aimed for kids, but there’s nothing like I Will Protect Youa new middle grade (8+) nonfiction book published by Little, Brown that twin Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor and I wrote. I Will Protect You was written to fill a gap in Holocaust education. Eva was an … Read more

Gothic tropes, post-apocalyptic friendship, small town Minnesota, and more!

Post-it Note Reviews are a great way to display books in your library or classroom, a way to let kids recommend their favorite titles without having to get up in front of everyone and do a book talk, and an easy way to offer a more personal recommendation than just the flap copy offers. I … Read more

Singing while they worked

The history of Irish women’s writing is one of successive forgettings and retrievals. A notable flashpoint came in 1991, with the publication of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, whose first three volumes, edited by Seamus Deane, attracted criticism for their meager representation of writing by women. Another two volumes were published with the … Read more