Clarissa's Blog

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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

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Aixa de la Cruz is a young Basque writer. Very talented, just outstanding. This is a crisis novel that is simultaneously a female Bildungsroman, and as if that weren’t enough to bring me into reading paradise, it also has ETA and Basque nationa...

Yes, Anita Hill’s charges against Clarence Thomas were investigated by the FBI. But people in the mushy, apolitical middle don’t remember that. So they were but she and Thomas both worked for a federal agency when the harassment occurred.


on Sep 19, 2018

At noon today, a man was yelling into a loudspeaker in the middle of the quad, exhorting us to stop fornicating because it offends the Holy Spirit. He sounded so urgent that you might think he was in the midst of an orgy. It’s blistering hot, a...


on Sep 18, 2018

I don’t understand why people are saying that accusations against Brett Kavanaugh are worse than the Anita Hill case. In Kavanaugh’s case, the real culprits are the parents of all three who allowed their underage kids to get drunk out of...


on Sep 18, 2018

I made a decision: while I struggle with starting the book, I’ll reread Moronga and I will write about it. I’m not a Central Americanist but so what? The novel hasn’t let me go for months. I’m thinking about it every day. I ne...

This novel is a bit of a 21-century rewriting of Vargas Llosa’s Story of Mayta. Murillo Bianchi is a young Peruvian writer (he was born in 1986) who is writing about the notorious guerilla group The Shining Path that devastated Peru in the 1990...

Starting to Write

on Sep 18, 2018

The fear that hangs over all of my writing is that I will never finish the big projects. Actually, it’s even worse than that: I fear not knowing how to finish. . . Longer projects paralyze me, and I get to a point where I literally wake up in the m...