Ross, Pynchon, Vonnegut (Part One)

Cody Walker
August 30, 2015
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Yesterday, at the end of my discussion of Fran Ross’s Oreo, I promised to do something that I’ll have to do anyway in a couple of months: compare Ross to Thomas Pynchon and Kurt Vonnegut. (I’ll be teaching the three writers,…

Fran Ross, Like a Boss

Cody Walker
August 29, 2015
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In her foreword to the first reissue of Fran Ross’s Oreo, Harryette Mullen writes, “With its mix of vernacular dialects, bilingual and ethnic humor, inside jokes, neologisms, verbal quirks, and linguistic oddities, Ross’s novel dazzles by deliberately straining the abilities…

A Postcard from–

Dora Malech
August 28, 2015
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My Johns Hopkins colleague Hollis Robbins (director of the JHU Center for Africana Studies and chair of the humanities department at the Peabody Institute)  recently wrote an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education’s The Chronicle Review that dovetailed with some of the thinking I was…

Sugimoto’s Movie Theaters

Brian Michael Murphy
August 25, 2015
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“Suppose you shoot a whole movie in a single frame?” The answer: “You get a shining screen.” […] One afternoon I walked into a cheap cinema in the East Village with a large-format camera. As soon as the movie started,…

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