The Joy of Genre: On Brooks E. Hefner’s “Black Pulp”

OCTOBER 6, 2022 BROOKS E. HEFNER’S Black Pulp: Genre Fiction in the Shadow of Jim Crow is an effort to recover a neglected part of Black literary history: the pulp serials and short stories that ran in African American newspapers from the 1920s through the mid-1950s. Hefner, a professor of English at James Madison University, … Read more

On a Skeleton in the Smithsonian: A Conversation with Geraldine Brooks

JULY 24, 2022 Horse, THE LATEST NOVEL by Geraldine Brooks, begins in present-day Washington, DC, with Theo, a Nigerian American graduate student, pulling an old, beaten-up painting out of his neighbor’s trash. The canvas turns out to be one of the few existing images of the greatest racing stallion in American history, Lexington. As Theo … Read more