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Boy meets girl, they walk through a magic door: Book Review of “Exit West”

In Book and Theme Posts, Monthly Book Picks, Narrative by Angelina Eimannsberger

By Angelina Eimannsberger “In a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at war, a young man met a young woman in a classroom and did not speak to her.” (3) This is how Mohsin Hamid’s novel Exit West opens. The main characters Nadia and Saeed live in a country on the …

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September Book Pic: Women’s Life Writing

In Feminism, Lifewriting, Monthly Book Picks, Submissions/Outreach by indulgencezine@gmail.com

By Angelina Eimannsberger and Ian Kennedy, Indulgence Editors We’re excited to share that in September, Indulgence will be all about women’s life writing. We turn to narratives that women tell about their lives because by reading about the private, the specific, and the personal, we can assert the humanness of those sidelined in the current political situation: women, black women, …

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May: “An Aesthetic Education”

In Book and Theme Posts, Monthly Book Picks by indulgence_old

By Indulgence Editors Our May book pick is Gayatri Spivak’s 2012 monograph “An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization.” Referencing Friedrich Schiller’s “On the Aesthetic Education of Man”, a treatise about Immanuel Kant’s transcendental aesthetics and the events of the French Revolution, Spivak offers a contemporary, postcolonial, feminist treatise on the ethical value and moral impact of education. We read Spivak …

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NEW SERIES: American Women and Their Novels

In Feminism, Monthly Book Picks, Submissions/Outreach, Women and Novels by indulgence_old

By Angelina Eimannsberger We are excited to announce our new series, “American Women and Their Novels,” in which we look at what women are reading in contemporary America, starting with INDULGENCE’s April pick, The Mothers by Brit Bennet. The books in this series are curated to speak to a variety of experience of different women. We aim to create a canon of …

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Massad’s “Islam in Liberalism”: how do we use our words?

In Book and Theme Posts, Monthly Book Picks by indulgence_old

By Angelina Eimannsberger I love academia, never a popular statement in the so-called real world, and often also smiled at by academics themselves. I love finding concepts and explanations that clarify, that sharpen my thinking. I indulge in the possibility to use effective terms and precise descriptions in conversation with others and in my writing to step up my analytical game and make …

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“Make Your Own Freedom” and “Do You Have a Secret?

In Current, Featured, Monthly Book Picks, Submissions/Outreach by indulgence_old

by Indulgence Editors February saw our first Jour Fixe (thank you to all who made it out!) and a surprise early Spring here in New York. There are crocuses out in the park already. We’ll send out the next invite soon! We have exciting new books and themes come up. In March, we turn to Joseph Massad’s Islam in Liberalism (University …

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Individual Struggles: Our Texts for November

In Monthly Book Picks by indulgence_old

by Indulgence Editors Our November texts both focus on stories of individuals struggling with identification in often unfriendly worlds. The theme this month is ‘Belonging.’ Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching is Mychal Denzel Smith’s debut book, a memoir covering his growth as a young Black man living while many of his fellows, especially Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, were killed. …