Work in the HP Quarterly 1.3

Work in the HP Quarterly 1.3
by Bryan Harvey

On teaching Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones

On teaching Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones
by Bryan Harvey

Translating the word Wahoo at The Cauldron

Translating the word Wahoo at The Cauldron
by Bryan Harvey

Some light-hearted NL East talk

Some light-hearted NL East talk
Collaboration

Early summer reads: Paying urban rent, tennis balls made from hair, masked men, & stories I didn't understand

July 9, 2016

Image taken from the teaser for the book.
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond (2016)

The most poignant aspect of Desmond’s writing is how he understands the conjoined relations between experience and data. The first 292 pages of Evicted focus primarily on the lives of tenants in Milwaukee’s urban neighborhoods. These tenants are mostly single mothers and the children for which they struggle to provide. These stories immerse the reader in the everyday lives of the urban poor, and their battles become more real and less imagined through Desmond’s prose. In these sections, he sprinkles statistics amidst the testimony, but the people are not lost in the numbers. And yet his epilogue “Home and Hope” is twenty or so pages of data-driven argumentation. The shift is beautiful and exactly as it should be. Moreover, Desmond does not hesitate to propose solutions to a crisis he has both recreated through story and sketched with numbers, and the result is the whole elephant in the room, not just a trunk, not just a tusk, but the entire, unavoidable beast.

The end of history, or Andy Murray's attempted rivalry with Novak Djokovic

June 21, 2016


As of June 5th, the tennis season is through Roland Garros. Wimbledon will start before the end of the month. In between those two swells in the Grand Slam ocean, Andy Murray made history by winning the Queens tournament for a fifth time. He is the only player to do so, having laid waste to Milos Raonic in the tournament's championship match. This summer has also seen Murray reunite with his former coach, Ivan Lendl, in order to start winning Grand Slams again, which is the sort of history that tends to matter most in the tennis world. Of course, this accomplishment would also entail solving the Novak Djokovic conundrum. 

Truth and lies in Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' (2015)

June 4, 2016

A bird in the Venerable Bede's monastery.
Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur (2015) is one part lie and another part truth. These ingredients do not make for a particularly unique story. Rather they spin from the DNA of past fiction a tale that is something less than myth and a bit more than history.

To their own devices: A reflection on Pablo Larrain's 'The Club'

May 22, 2016


A man stands on a beach, holding a long pole. He turns in a circle. Tethered to the pole is bit of fur, possibly a rabbit’s. A dog chases the fur. The man drags the fur in the sand. The dog lowers its neck. The man raises the fur high into the air. The dog raises its neck and snout. The dog chases the fur in orbit around the man. He is the center. He is a priest.

Spring Reading: Basketball, Opiates, & Bicycles

May 5, 2016


Some books I read on a beach or late at night:

Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams (2016)
 

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