Change the Conversation, Change the Culture

change-the-conversationWhoever controls the conversation can influence the nation.

Every day, we are bombarded by advertisements on the street, on the Internet, and in our homes, whether they’re for fast food, new clothes, or better cars. Social media constantly updates itself, produced by us and for us. Opinions, songs, Vines and other miscellaneous memes flood our feeds. We have access to thousands of channels, and hundreds of millions of websites. We can stream movies, play games, and communicate with others from a single device, instantly. Continue reading

Interview with Professor and Poet Meagan Marshall

 meagan marshallQ: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? What are you passionate about? What really frustrates you? Do you dog-ear or write in books?

A: I am a San Diego native. I am a lecturer at SDSU and San Diego City College. I direct the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series (at SDSU) and I co-coordinate the Early College High School Program (at SDCC). I like long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners, er… okay just kidding. I am passionate about the arts, education, my family and friends, cheese, baked goods, and cats. I am frustrated by injustice, inequity, and prejudice; I am frustrated by the belief that the arts and humanities have no place in higher education. And yes, I compulsively annotate and dog-ear my books—especially if I am teaching them in the classroom.

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Review of Dinaw Mengestu’s “All Our Names”

“There was so much emptiness in life that had to be filled, and I was just seeing it.”

All our namesDinaw Mengestu’s latest novel, All Our Names, calls into question ideas of freedom, identity, and the meaning of home. It is both political and deeply personal. Permeated by the conflicting terrors of violence and love, the story builds with quiet power, alternating between the intimate narrations of two characters: Isaac, a would-be writer and revolutionary, and Helen, a small-town social worker. Isaac’s tale progresses forward and we follow his struggles first-hand, while Helen’s tale works backwards as she seeks to uncover the mystery behind her newest client. Continue reading

Review of Rivka Galchen’s “American Innovations”

American Daydreams

“I would advise you to seriously consider avoiding it–Life, I mean–altogether.”

rivka galchen american innovationsSafe advice, perhaps, from one of Rivka Galchen’s more eccentric characters in her new collection, American Innovations. And from the mouth of Jacob, the esteemed philosopher and self-proclaimed genius, nonetheless. However, safety through avoidance does not necessarily make for a fulfilling life, nor for a functioning nation.

Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances, has published a collection of ten short stories that deal with issues that perplex the country today–the privilege of excessive individual autonomy and the failure to commit to anything constructive.The title toys ironically with old ideals of American exceptionalism. While Galchen refrains from any overt political commentary, she succeeds in challenging America as a source of fresh, innovative ideas by depicting characters embroiled in their own mundane personal turmoil.

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Welcome to (R)evolve

Hello everyone! We’re launching our journal today and we couldn’t be more excited to explore the world of contemporary literature.  In the next month we’ll be adding book reviews, event reviews, and interviews with industry professionals. We encourage you to contact us, and to submit your fiction and poetry at  r.evolvejournal@gmail.com.

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