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The Place of the Humanities: Words and Silence in Super Sad True Love Story

  In the past three novels, I have been thinking a lot about the place of the humanities both now in our actual world and in the envisioned world of the books. In Generosity, the stereotypical science/humanities split is shown to be faulty, as either side of the coin is shown to be lacking. Rather, […] Continue reading

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A World of Saturdays: The Unities and Beyond

In the early 1580s, Sir Phillip Sidney wrote his now famous The Defense of Poesy. In it, besides arguing for poetry’s ability to instruct the mind to higher things, Sidney also argues for the classical unities. He claims that a piece of work should take place in one main setting, during one day, and with […] Continue reading

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The Story on Stories: Narrative in Generosity

While most basically Generosity is a novel about finding the “happiness gene,” in this case, in a singular, unique woman, the novel is also about the telling of stories and the creation of new ones, a fact most easily attested to by the central presence of Russell, a writer and one-time professor. As the novel […] Continue reading

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