What We’re Loving — April 2014

Nassau Literary Review Staff talk about what they’ve been reading, watching, and listening to while sitting under courtyard Oak trees in the warm spring sun.
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How Lonely Sits The City, Part II

“The idea of a “ruin aesthetic” has been resolvable for few, and problematic for many. To believe that such a thing exists seems at once to be an act of fetishization and ennoblement. I am convinced that the ways in which we perceive ruinscapes can have (and have had) tangible consequences, although the nature of these repercussions is contingent on the time in which the particular ruinsite exists.” Continue reading

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A Paradox of Grand Designs: Thomas Jefferson and his Empire for Liberty

“Sometimes I cannot believe the egotism of Thomas Jefferson. Stories where he gives portraits of himself to neighbors are echoed in modern accounts of his institutional successors, who, rather than owning up to their obligations, donate statues of their founder to rectify past debts. What kind of man could have spawned such bitter anecdotes, such institutionalized arrogance, yet also be bestowed with immortality as a champion of democracy?” Continue reading

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Interview with Jonathan Safran Foer (2004)

“I’m always curious about what an author looks like. I guess I wish I weren’t, and of course I know in my heart that it doesn’t matter at all. I think it’s not a bad curiosity – I don’t need authors of the books I love to be good-looking. I just want to feel a connection with them.” Continue reading

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