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Month: January 2018

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

By Vince Granata   I started thinking about plagiarism last week, largely thanks to accusations leveled at Guillermo Del Toro’s Oscar-nominated, The Shape of Water. The estate of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Zindel, claims that Del Toro has copied his janitor-falls-in-love-with-aquatic-creature story from Zindel’s 1969, […]

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

Rereading Murakami’s Wild Sheep Chase

By Nick Chhoeun A Wild Sheep Chase is one of my favorite Haruki Murakami novels and I recently reread it with greater attention to craft. I remembered Murakami’s ability to switch between multiple scenes and chapters fluidly, and I wanted to go back to see how […]

Lahiri in Italian

Lahiri in Italian

By Vince Granata For the last three years, Jhumpa Lahiri has written in Italian. In fact, aside from translating Italian work—including her own—Italian has been the only language she has published in since 2015. For decades before the shift, she worked her way through lessons […]

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

An Interview with Sally Wen Mao

By Yohanca Delgado I had the privilege of chatting with poet Sally Wen Mao ahead of her PEN/Faulkner and Hill Center event this Thursday.We talked about her experience living in DC as the current Jenny McKean Writer in Washington at GW and about what’s fueling her […]