Black Girl Lost: An Existentialist Journey Through An American Ghetto

  Donald Goines lacked the education and literary pedigree to write as eloquently as the likes of Cormac McCarthy or Toni Morrison, and while other American writers of his generation were brought up on Steinbeck and Faulkner, Goines was brought up on Iceberg Slim.  Drawing on his own experience, though, Goines was able to write as van Gogh painted, […]

Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None: The Existentialist Murder Mystery

  If anybody ever wondered how Jean-Paul Sartre’s Huis Clos—or as it is more famously known in English, No Exit—would play out as a murder mystery, then one need look no further than Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which actually predates Huis Clos by four years.  Rather than three unacquainted individuals meeting up […]

The Flies, by Jean-Paul Sartre: Orestes And Christ As Existentialist Heroes

  Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Flies (or Les Mouches) adopts the classic Grecian narrative of Orestes and frames the famous matricidal hero as an existentialist incarnation of Christ, whereby he takes the sins of the people of Argos upon his shoulders to relieve them of the burden of their past.  Though the Christ analogy is problematic at […]