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April 13th, 2024

All posts published on April 13th, 2024

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THE SLEEPWALKERS

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The epistolary novel is kind of a tough sell these days. Writing a narrative in letters might have given Samuel Richardson license to let his characters speak in candid, informal ways that were otherwise inaccessible, but his innovations are so much a part of ... More »

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UNNIE

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On April 16, 2014, the ferry MV Sewol capsized off the coast of South Korea, resulting in the deaths of more than 300 passengers, including 250 students and 11 teachers on a high school field trip. False reports that the passengers and crew had been rescued, a... More »

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FOG & FIREFLIES

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Fourteen-seasons-old Ogma guards the walls surrounding her village, like all the children who live there do. They keep a dense fog at bay, one that leaves the kids alone but somehow spirits away the adults. So, it’s the children, many of whom are younger than ... More »

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THE TWITTER GOSPELS

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Religion can engender feelings of anxiety about the constraints of church doctrine as followers mature into their understandings about life and the world. For Paolo Venticinque, an Italian seminarian working as a Jesuit high school teacher, those constraints d... More »

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WHAT CAME AFTER

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The author explores trauma, memory, and mental illness in this body of poems. He begins by lamenting, “The years reveal a tally of losses” (“What Came After”). In his youth, Stewart moved to Chicago with his mother while his brother and father stayed behind in... More »

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