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    Midwest Mod Squad no. 04: Chris Arp’s “Gormley” (Read Midwest Mod Squad no. 03 here) Chris Arp graduated from NYU’s Creative Writing Program. His story “Gormley,” is set in mid-nineteenth–century Britain. The essence of Chris Arp’s story “Gormley”[1] comes at a moment toward the end when the narrator recognizes the newly acquired dignity[2] of his […]

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    Midwest Mod Squad no. 05: Nicole Cuffy’s “Steal Away” (Read Midwest Mod Squad no. 04 here) Nicole Cuffy is a New York based writer with a BA from Columbia University and an MFA from the New School. Her story “Steal Away” takes place in the early twentieth-century sharecropping South. If the focus of the essence of […]

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  • 04/24/18--07:35: How Tolstoy Tells Story
  • How Tolstoy Tells Story According to Count Tolstoy: He [Borís] could not tell them simply that everyone went at a trot and that he fell off his horse and sprained his arm and then ran as hard as he could from a Frenchman into the wood. Besides, to tell everything as it really happened, it […]

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    Hosting the Italians: Part II of II (Read Part I here.) Onto the plains [of west Texas] you issue as onto a lighted stage, and with that sudden sense of isolation and exposure. The farther behind you leave [central Texas] the now-familiar prairie, the fewer people you see, the stronger grows the sensation of being […]

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    That “Religion” does not Equal “Culture” I don’t quite understand Rod Dreher today when he writes: In 1966, Philip Rieff [(1922–2006)] observed [in Triumph of the Therapeutic]: The death of a culture begins when its normative institutions fail to communicate ideals in ways that remain inwardly compelling, first of all to the cultural elites themselves.[1] […]

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  • 05/01/18--07:30: Book Treasures from Germany
  • Book Treasures from Germany This translation of Dickens’s Oliver Twist comes from 1927, printed in Stuttgart, contains some beautiful illustrations by H. Grobet. It was a gift, and I believe it was purchased at Historica Antiquariat Bertz Wawrzinek on Heinrichstraße in Dresden. A post shared by Christopher Landrum (@bookbread2) on May 1, 2018 at 7:26am PDT A […]

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    Midwest Mod Squad no. 6: Stories of Drugs and Bullies (Read Midwest Mod Squad no. 5 here.) As done previously in this series, in this post I will describe the essences of four short stories I’ve recently read. Then I’ll compare and contrast those essences, as well as the settings and narrators to each story. […]

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    What a Polish Social Scientist Thought of Immigration in the U.S. (c. 1934) From Florian Znaniecki’s (1882-1958) The Methodology of Sociology (1934): Even real active participation in foreign social life does not always insure against them [immigrants], for the individual participant may only grasp superficially certain significant foreign values, while their deeper meaning eludes him.* *I have […]

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    Hosting the Italians: Part III of III (Read Part II here.) I. So the gang got back to Austin early Saturday afternoon, their bellies full of eclairs and kolaches and peach cobbler from die gut Volk aus (“the good folks of”) Fredericksburg. Once everything was unloaded, David and Dyhana went back to their place to […]

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    Midwest Mod Squad no. 07 When Memory Melts into Water (Read Midwest Mod Squad no. 06 here.) I. These actions [of remembrance] are inward, in the vast hall of my memory. There sky, land, and sea are available to me together with all the sensations I have been able to experience in them, except for […]

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    The Written Word is Not the Spoken Word in Any Language From Kenneth Jackson’s (1909–1991), Language and History in Early Britain, (Edinburgh: University Press, 1953): In the Lowland Zone [of Britain] all education and writing, and such Roman literature as was composed, would be in Latin. But here a caution is necessary. As already remarked, Haverfield[1] […]

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    Midwest Mod Squad no. 08: Comedy and Calamity I. What is my method for reviewing short fiction in this series? Basically, I’m just comparing things I’ve recently read (or reread) to the texts and topics at hand. I read quite randomly, so the comparisons and contrasts I make follow my reading habits. But as the […]

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    A Sociology of Texas, 1978-2018 I’m very excited to have my review of Lawrence Wright’s God Save Texas: a Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (2018) published in the Berlin Review of Books! A post shared by @chang.li.nao on Jun 25, 2018 at 1:52am PDT National Austrian Library

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