Literature

The Problems and Positives of American Dirt: Looking for authentic voices at the border and beyond

Thursday, January 7th, 2021

In one of the biggest literary controversies of 2020, Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt highlighted narcoculture, violence, and immigration in Mexico but also opened up an intense conversation about who has a right to be a voice on a particular subject.

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Not Murakami

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

Haruki Murakami is the sun giant of Japanese literature: much lauded, popular, and, unfortunately, blinding Western audiences to other translated books.  However, his popularity and sellability has led to a surge of Japanese translations, giving both older reissued authors (Kawabata, Mishima) and current redhot writers (Hiroko Oyamada) an opportunity to ply their trade on western minds. 

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