5 Most Popular Posts: April 2020
- May 5, 2020
We here at the Independent love every piece we run. There are no winners or losers. Seriously, though, here are April’s winners.
- “Apocalyptic Reads to Help You Embrace the Nightmare.” Ready to surrender? These disturbing stories go perfectly with our scary new normal!
- “Sobering Nonfiction to Put the Pandemic in Perspective.” Feeling overwhelmed? Let these real-life stories remind you of how much we can endure!
- “Rejected!” by Lawrence De Maria. “Jack London (you may have heard of him) accumulated 600 rejections before he sold his first story. THAT IS NOT A TYPO. I have to think that, were I in London’s snowshoes, I’d have been howling at the moon like White Fang.”
- “Exquisitely Evocative” by Bárbara Mujica. “A prevalent theme in Marjorie Agosín’s work is memory and oblivion. Many of her poems celebrate fast-disappearing Jewish customs or Jewish communities decimated by exile or war. In Braided Memories/Memorias Trenzadas, she memorializes her great-grandmother Helena by retracing Helena’s steps from a vibrant European capital suddenly turned hostile to a new home in Chile, where a beautiful palm tree with outstretched arms awaits her in the garden.”
- Colin Asher’s review of The Life of William Faulkner: The Past Is Never Dead, 1897-1934 by Carl Rollyson (University of Virginia). “To give Rollyson his due, The Life of William Faulkner is the result of a remarkable amount of research and is clearly a work of love and respect for its subject and his writing. Its bibliography is 15 pages long, and it’s difficult to imagine that anyone interested in Faulkner could require a supplementary reference after the second volume is released.”