narrative arc

Preliminary notes to a course on The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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This “functionary class” is co-optive, incapable of originality, grafting onto its evil and mundane tree the native “shrewdness” and greed common to the worst peasants, and the pretentiousness and faux complexity/ haughtiness of the worst nobility.

Interview with Victoria Redel

by Leah Umansky Reviews & Interviews
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If the tightrope I walk in making these poems is that of sentimentality, I’m okay with that challenge–mostly because I didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.