Literary Hub: Colson Whitehead has withdrawn as a 2024 commencement speaker. Who will be next?

Literary Hub: Colson Whitehead has withdrawn as a 2024 commencement speaker. Who will be next?

Yesterday afternoon, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead (The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys) announced that he would no longer be giving the commencement address at University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 18, citing the administration’s decision to call the police on campus protesters. “I was looking forward to speaking next week at UMass Amherst,” […]

Electric Literature: Oliver Quick Is Determined To Get Rich Or Die Trying

Electric Literature: Oliver Quick Is Determined To Get Rich Or Die Trying

After its massively successful streaming release last November, Emerald Fennell’s film Saltburn dominated cinematic discourse for months. A 2006-set period piece that starts as a 21st-century Brideshead Revisited and morphs into an ironic erotic thriller, its carefully honed aesthetic, plot twists, and off-kilter sexuality divided critics and audiences. Some lambasted the film for lacking subtlety; […]

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Electric Literature: 7 Books About Black People Who Pass as White

Electric Literature: 7 Books About Black People Who Pass as White

In the Summer of 2017, I went to see the European premiere of the Braden Jacobs-Jenkins play An Octoroon. Based on the 1859 melodrama by the Irish playwright Dion Boucicault, it was staged at the Orange Tree Theatre in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. A truly bombastic production that lampooned the tropes of […]

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