Asad Raza

Authors are raising awareness of environmental issues

Adam Appich, one of the central characters in Richard Powers’s The Overstory, says: “Humankind is deeply ill. The species won’t last long. It was an aberrant experiment.” As a phrase, it captures the inescapability of our condition, and of our deeply problematic, almost pathological relationship with the environment. In climate...
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Posted Feb. 20, 2019

Learn from Literature: South American politics

In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez wrote a foundation myth. He reconfigured reality, weaving a tale that encompassed the history of a continent, shaping the identity of the Columbian people. In a country riven by division, García’s melding of the fantastic with the mundane helped create a...
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Posted Jan. 30, 2019

Are we facing the end of an era in European football?

“We’re a disaster, all of us”. As a phrase, it perfectly encapsulates Real Madrid’s season. Casemiro’s comment on his team’s insipid performance during El Clasico could be taken as representative for the state of affairs of some of European football’s leading lights. Whether due to systemic issues, a style of...
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Posted Nov. 18, 2018

Depictions of university in literature

Universities have seduced and enhanced writers of every generation. Perhaps the form most celebrated for representing universities in literature is the campus novel. Novels such as Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited depict university as a place where their protagonists encounter principles that challenge and define...
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Posted Sep. 21, 2018