Monthly Archives: September 2015

Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman: The Power of a Great Story

Wilma Dykeman’s The Tall Woman is a masterpiece of straight forward story telling that deserves to be better known – Dykeman presents a quietly powerful depiction of the life of an Appalachian heroine that rings true in every respect… Finally, … Continue reading

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The Real and the Fake and the Real Fake: Yi-Fen Chou, Poetry, and the Issue of Who We Are

A white male American poet pretends to be an Asian poet and gets work accepted that has been rejected when submitted under his American identity. This behavior says something about culture that is painfully clear despite well meaning attempts to deconstruct it. … Continue reading

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The Empty American Songbag…

“What can a poor boy do/’Cept to sing in a rock and roll band…?”                                                     … Continue reading

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Saints at the River: Powerful, Predictable…Almost Great….

Ron Rash’s Saints at the River has at its center a powerful story about the struggle of Southern mountain subculture  to reconcile itself with the “greater” culture…. Ron Rash’s novel Saints at the River has been widely acclaimed as a novel … Continue reading

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