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Moonlighting

In December 2013, the journalist Yasmin Nair wrote a response on her blog to the magazine Jacobin killing one of her articles, entitled “On...

Don’t Be So Earnest

Seamus Heaney taught me in my freshman year of college that the verb "perfect" means nothing more than to “make through.”  Perfection?  To follow...

The Growth of A Year

I troop forth replenish'd with supreme power, one of an average unending procession, Inland and sea-coast we go, and pass all boundary lines,...

I’ve Been Writing

    Avidly is running pieces about the experience and labor of writing.  We'd like to encourage people with a range of perspectives--academic, non-academic; professional, pleasurable--to...

A Small Act of Resistance

I love the genre of the academic essay and monograph.  Add that to the list of forms to which I also profess love: sonata,...

Writing and Failure

Seven months and two weeks after my first book was published, I hacked a hardback copy into hundreds of pieces with a hunting knife. ...