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Popular Fictions

Witnessing Violence: Thoughts on McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave

Twelve Years a Slave is a narrative about how we see things. It’s the story of a free man in Saratoga, New York who...

We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful

It’s a grey UK autumn; Morrissey’s autobiography has just been published as a Penguin Classic, with a blue photo of him looking fey and...

Three Words for Boston

I would like to follow in the footsteps of many middle-aged male academics and write an essay about baseball. I would like to depart...

Adapting Zelda: Reflecting on Therese Anne Fowler’s Z

A novel titled “Z” should eventually, if not immediately, make the reader think of one of the more famous and talented American literary wives....

Of Mustaches and Monocles

Before today, the only reason to wear a monocle was solely so the toffy-nosed lord of the manor in Nether Wallop could allow it...

Top 10 Fictional Characters Who Should Be Worried About Climate Change

A new genre, climate fiction, has developed as some prominent writers have begun to explore a world skewed by climate change.  But won't climate...