Obsessed

Cedric De Leon

Cedric De Leon

I need to be obsessed when I write. I’m talking about forgetting to eat and sleep, about not knowing how to interact with people. Continue Reading ›

Books in Play: Sources for a Life

Thomas Henricks

Thomas Henricks

Why do lives turn in some directions and not others? That question is of special pertinence to academics who decide, presumably without coercion, to focus their energies on often highly specialized topics. Continue Reading ›

When not to write about music

David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos

David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos

I’m always curious about the ways writers describe musical performance. From the end of the spectrum that terminates in refusal, we first pass through ever-thickening—paralyzing, even—reluctance to render musical performance in prose. Continue Reading ›

Underdogs and outsiders: discovering hidden histories

Thomas A. Foster

Thomas A. Foster

I loved buying books for my college classes at the start of a new semester. I eagerly anticipated what I’d learn about the world within those pages. Freshman year, astronomy fascinated me, as did a writing seminar on Apartheid in South Africa. Continue Reading ›