March 25, 2019


By Amit Majmudar

Amman, Mir. A Tale of Four Dervishes. Translated from the Urdu with an Introduction by Mohammed Zakir. Penguin Classics (India), 1994. 158 pages.   Continuing my exploration of Penguin India’s […]

September 13, 2018

The Structure of Nanette

By Laura Maylene Walter

Much has been written in recent months of Nanette, comedian Hannah Gadsby’s groundbreaking Netflix standup special. The New York Times labeled it “comedy-destroying” and “soul-affirming,” Vox called it a “tour de […]

February 27, 2017

The Autobiography of Anything

By Laura Maylene Walter

As of this writing, I’ve spent the last few days hanging around home nursing a cold. During this time, I’ve listened to This American Life, read from Angela Carter’s Book […]

June 25, 2016

Memory is Elsewhere

By Brian Michael Murphy

“I want you to tell me a story ‘bout when you were a little boy,” says my four-year-old girl every night. I tell her things I remember, and things I’ve […]

September 18, 2013

Storytelling Now, or, Watching Movies at the Gym

By Brian Michael Murphy

At Eastern Tennessee State University, you can earn a Master of Arts in Storytelling. Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, “in the heart of traditional storytelling country,” the next town over […]

May 23, 2013

The Regression to the Primitive

By Amit Majmudar

  Northrop Frye, discussing the arc of Shakespeare’s plays, says something very profound about Shakespeare’s late “Romances,” like A Winter’s Tale and Pericles, Prince of Tyre.   …as a dramatist, […]

December 28, 2012

The Importance of Telling a Good Story

By Amit Majmudar

You would think that with scientific knowledge expanding ever so exponentially, and literalist interpretations of traditional scriptures undermined east and west by it, you would see a great popular surge […]

May 17, 2010

Flea Market Value

By Elizabeth Ames Staudt

There’s nothing like moving cross-country to make you hate your stuff. And there’s nothing like a good flea market to make you forget that you hate moving and you have […]