Reverse-Gentrification of the Literary World

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June 2016 News & Features

“Ice Hockey a la mexicana” by Joseph M. Towle

I am a professor of Latin American Literatures and Cultures and a die-hard hockey fan. I am interested in cultural productions and representations from across Latin America. At the same time, I identify most closely with a piece of my local culture: playing a pickup hockey game outside, shoveling snow off the playing surface—often a flooded playground or baseball field—under the floodlights, in seven-degree weather . . .

“Lobo” by Richard Georges

Gus sipped lemongrass tea from a foam cup. It was still dark. His secondhand truck idled outside the market as four men clambered into its tray. This was where he picked up workers for the day—mostly men who came to the island at night in quiet boats. The men clutched grease-stained paper bags and chattered loudly between bites of johnnycakes and various patties. Four men got into the truck’s tray. Gus was expecting five . . .

Join Kaylie Jones for the From Here to Eternity musical!

Sixty-one years ago, fresh out of the 25th Infantry Division in the United States Army, Akashic author Kaylie Jones’s father, James Jones, published his debut novel, From Here to Eternity, which would catapult him from the Purple Heart to the National Book Award. Now, you can join Kaylie Jones for a new musical based on the book at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival.

“JR and His Shadow” by Kimisha Thompson-Hitchins

While walking to the playground one afternoon, JR practiced his road safety by stopping at every stop sign he saw. He would chime, “Red says stop,” while he looked left, then right, and a second continue, “Green means go.” And so JR went through the neighborhood obeying the stop signs and exploring each drain . . .


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