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Prove TINA Thought Wrong

- By Jim Hicks

So… I got the news yesterday, while listening to my car radio, and then almost drove off the road.

I immediately pulled over and checked my email: two of my friends from Hampshire College had already written, and a third would soon after. Like them, though mostly for them, I felt as if an unseen weight had suddenly lifted. I’m not by temperament pollyannish, and I do realize that the most difficult, the real work begins now. Nonetheless, the resignation of the Hampshire College president and several key members of its Board of Trustees makes that work possible, and the appointment of Ken Rosenthal as interim president seems an ideal solution. The way is now clear for Hampshire College to do what it does best: to reinvent itself, and, by doing so, to reboot liberal...


Prize Winners

Chametzky Prize-winner Alice Guthrie on translating Atef Abu Saif

- By Abby MacGregor

We talked to Alice Guthrie, winner of the 8th Annual Jules Chametzky Prize for Translation, about translating Atef Abu Saif's "The Lottery." Here's what she told us:

I think what I really enjoyed about this story, and what made me want to translate it, was the way Atef paints this vivid picture of several aspects of Gazan life, offering this very pointed political and social commentary along the way, but all with such a light touch. It never feels contrived, or dogmatic, and there's plenty of humor—which is such an achievement, given the intensely poignant material we are dealing with here. And that playful...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Amanda Minervini

- By Emily Wojcik

"'If this country ever needed a Mussolini, it needs one now,' said Senator David A. Reed of Pennsylvania, during a 1932 address to the U.S. Congress.1 Yet what did Reed mean when he emphasized the need for 'a Mussolini,' and what, in 1932, did 'now' mean?"—from "Mussolini Speaks: History Reviewed," in Volume 60, Issue 1 (Spring 2019)
 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
My very first published piece, in Italian, was a very immature but imaginative reflection on David Foster Wallace.

What writer(s) or works have influenced the way you write now?
The...


10 Questions

10 Questions for Jackie Craven

- By Abby MacGregor

You fa ox fa, you fa ox ga
sea ahhh, how proof you?
In catch I jump slap like a rack,
my dradda hours, all sticks and pikes,
& never once did you zoo-hoo.
—from “In Which I Try to Leave My Husband, But Cannot Find the Words”, Spring 2019 (Vol. 60, Issue 1)

 

Tell us about one of the first pieces you wrote.
At ten I was an academic disaster. For homework, I composed a rambling tale about a girl who traveled to Australia to find an enchanted aardvark who would magically transform her into a boy, with all the prestige and privileges of being male, plus the bonus of living on an island with kangaroos. My fourth-grade teacher usually gave me Ds and Fs, and I figured she'd hate this story, too...


Reviews

Massachusetts Reviews: Kill CLass

- By Allison Bird Treacy

Kill Class by Nomi Stone (Tupelo, 2019)

Living as we do in a time of ceaseless, overlapping wars, I would venture that most Americans believe that we know how soldiers prepare for war, through basic training and boot camp, the persistent physical trials of young men to ensure their strength. In order to enter into Nomi Stone’s incisive second collection, Kill Class, however, we have to let go of this vision of military training, and follow her through the vortex of the anthropologist’s camera. There we encounter Pineland, the military training ground that “has room for whatever the world does to itself.”

Home to a special class of war games, Pineland can be anything, but today it’s Iraq—any city there, any Middle Eastern...


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