Graham Greene, The Quiet American

The Quiet American by Graham Greene My rating: 4 of 5 stars In a recent¬†article,¬†Leigh Jenco asserts that a "de-colonizing" approach to diversifying university humanities curricula has its limits. The problem is not only that the implicit leftist, progressive underpinning of such a program conflicts with intellectual traditions that developed outside the Christian-Enlightenment paradigm (a … Continue reading Graham Greene, The Quiet American

Why Speech Is Not Violence

Psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett has written an article for the New York Times entitled "When Speech Is Violence." It begins: Imagine that a bully threatens to punch you in the face. A week later, he walks up to you and breaks your nose with his fist. Which is more harmful: the punch or the threat? … Continue reading Why Speech Is Not Violence

Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

Season of Migration to the North by Tayeb Salih My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like Nightwood, this is another short, intense, intricate, and beguiling modernist novel that I read much too fast in graduate school and have long wanted to revisit. Salih's novel (published in Arabic in 1966, in English translation in 1969) was … Continue reading Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North