This year I’ve been thinking a lot about the possibilities and limitations of art in a thoroughly violent world: I’ve written about compromised political theatre that thinks itself to be lambasting Trump, campus theatre that uplifts the voices of women of colour, and reported on Ai Weiwei’s maudlin take on documenting the refugee crisis. I also wrote a poem for a late friend. (More to come!)
I wrote at length about whiteness as a marker for class privilege, a UChicago student’s relatively problematic debut YA novel, Mitski at Pitchfork, Terrence Gower’s “Havana Case Study”, and reported on Knausgaard’s thoughts on writing. I also wrote a tribute to the late Jong-hyun of SHINee fame, and got a poem published in the Asian-American Writers’ Workshop’s literary journal, The Margins.