When people think of literature they often think of writing and this blog will often speak to the written word, but literature is more than books and poetry and essays. Film, song and visual arts also use language to speak to the audience, and so all forms of art to me can be examples of literature, and so all forms of art will be up for discussion on this site. My hope is to encourage and open dialogue with people and to promote and recommend great works so that they might be shared and enjoyed by more people. I enjoy writing essays and reviews and I enjoy speaking with people about the books I read, the art I love, the music I listen to and the films I watch. I hope you get something out of this site and feel free to participate in the conversations. If you ever wish to contact me personally, you may do so by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and if you wish to keep up on my latest posts, follow me on Twitter:
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In the preface of her work Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics, Lisa Lowe notes that her work is “not an orthodoxy to be followed”, but rather a forum to generate discussion “in order to open a space in which others, perhaps finding worthy gaps, errors, or elisions, will make use of and build on”. That, likewise, is all I am trying to do here. I am not prescribing my views, but merely sharing them with the hopes expanding conversations already begun.
An open dialogue is important to me, but I do not want to be complicit in promoting hate or unreasoned thinking. When I started this site I had intended to approve all messages because I am opposed to censorship. I quickly had to change that approach to exclude spam. Recently, I’ve had to change that approach again because some of some hateful and bitter comments. With this in mind, I do have a policy. If one is not comfortable leaving their actual name and e-mail along with a comment, it is likely because they want the anonymity of the internet to protect them from being associated with the comment they are leaving behind. This means the comment is likely unreasonable and not productive. If you do not feel comfortable having your name attached to your comment, do not leave the comment. If your comment lacks reason or promotes hateful and prejudicial thinking, do not expect to be approved. I welcome people who disagree with me, so leaving a comment that argues against the views I might be expressing is not only welcome, but encouraged, so long as reason is employed and the comment is constructive and adds to the conversation. If you are resorting to name calling, insults and fail to speak to the content of the conversation, then your comment may not be approved.
I am only one person and I work full time, so please do forgive any grammatical errors and typos as I do not always have time to thoroughly edit my articles and reviews before posting them. Comments correcting my grammar will not be approved. If you have an issue with typos, this is not the site for you. This is not the New York Times or The Chicago Tribune. I do not have a team of editors going through each post. Please understand this.
Please visit often and enjoy the content.