We Need Diverse Books

(Originally posted on 2/3/16  in the Opinions Section of the Independent Florida Alligator)

As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up in a household in which a strong emphasis was put on reading. I still remember dragging book after book up to my grandmother, pointing imperiously to the title and energetically demanding she read to me.

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Print is not dead!

(Originally printed on 12/2/15 in the opinions section of the Independent Florida Alligator)

If you are even remotely interested in a career path that involves the written word on paper — journalist, writer, librarian, editor, etc. — this has probably happened to you.

Chances are, at some point in your life, someone with well-meant intentions has looked at your hopeful face and said, somewhat condescendingly, “Well that’s very nice, but you do know the print industry is dying, right?”

Well, I am here today to say they are wrong! Perhaps.

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Literary tourism in Gainesville, Florida

(Originally printed on Wednesday, September 30, in the Opinions section of the Independent Florida Alligator)

Recently, I read an old article by Laura C. Mallonee in “The Paris Review” titled “Some Realms I Owned: Elizabeth Bishop in Manhattan.”

The article was one of the most haunting and intriguing reads I’d stumbled upon in a while. It was introspective and powerful, an individual’s account of that strange, personal and little discussed reason for traveling: literary tourism.

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