Students on Isherwood: I Am George, a meditation on life and death in A Single Man.

Today marks the occasion of what would be Christopher Isherwood’s 110th birthday (born on August 26th, 1904). To honor this event, Christopher Freeman and James J. Berg, editors of the forthcoming volume The American Isherwood (December 2014), have compiled exemplary essays about Isherwood’s craft from their students to share on the Press blog on a … More Students on Isherwood: I Am George, a meditation on life and death in A Single Man.

Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 1.

BY LORNA LANDVIKStand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author — This is the second in a weekly series by Lorna Landvik. Check out the first post, on destiny, here. — I was asked the other day why I finally decided to write about the time I spent in Hollywood doing stand-up comedy. “Why now?” … More Lorna Landvik: Why I wrote Best to Laugh, Part 1.

Lorna Landvik: Do we really "choose" our destinies—or are they written in the stars?

BY LORNA LANDVIKStand-up and improvisational comedian, public speaker, and best-selling author — This is the first in a weekly series by Lorna Landvik. — It’s a true story I often tell, about knowing that I wanted to be a writer when I learned how to read in the first grade.  “See Spot jump!” “See Puff … More Lorna Landvik: Do we really "choose" our destinies—or are they written in the stars?

Understanding inequality—across ecosystems, species, and human populations.

BY DAVID NAGUIB PELLOWAuthor of Total Liberation and professor and Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota The concept of total liberation stems from a determination to understand and combat all forms of inequality and oppression. It is comprised of four pillars: an ethic of justice and anti-oppression inclusive of … More Understanding inequality—across ecosystems, species, and human populations.

Return to the Enchanted Forest: ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’

Writer Haruki Murakami. BY MATTHEW C. STRECHER, PH.D.Professor of Japanese language, literature, and culture at Winona State University In just a couple of days, the English translation of Haruki Murakami’s most recent novel, Shikisai o motanai Tazaki Tsukuru to, kare no junrei no toshi will be released (aka Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of … More Return to the Enchanted Forest: ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’