Zora Neale Hurston and the Passive Protest of Accurate Depiction

Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” is a novel that is firmly in the black literary tradition, despite not being a protest novel. Her depiction of the black experience is naturalistic and highly symbolic, and while it never does exhort it’s readers to take up arms for the rights of black people,…

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On Reading Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson, known as the Sage of Concord, stands today as one of the greatest influences in all of our American canon, setting the stage, more than any other, for a delineated map of letters in our country. His influence carries far and wide, and extends loudly into our present day, with any writer…

The Soul of the Invisible Man: A Review of “Underground Airlines” by Ben H. Winters

Topping the list of favorites from many reaches of the book reviewing universe this year has been "Underground Airlines" by Ben H. Winters. This reviewer read it patiently and casually, much like its narration unfolds its story, but found only the occasional high point in what was overall an over-plotted and minimally well-characterized book, and…