Hester Blum


Plots Otherwise Without Aim

April 18, 2013
Plots Otherwise Without Aim

I grew up in the North Jersey precincts of Philip Roth and Amiri Baraka, but the literary home of my youth was in the West. My family traveled by motorhome throughout my childhood and I spent most of my summers reading westerns in situ. In the summer of 1985, Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove was...
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Drunk Historiography

July 10, 2012
Drunk Historiography

I avidly follow the sketch series Drunk History. From the first sketch I felt that shared recognition, that moment of contact that readers of nineteenth-century literature will know as a constitutive in the genre of the novel. If you’re not familiar with the Drunk History sketches–a deficiency you should remedy right away–the format is this: for each...
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