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Reclaiming ‘provincialism’ – and the regional university | Overland literary journal
In other words, no matter how cosmopolitan, well-travelled, or multilingual, our histories are always, in one way or another, rooted in the local.

English novelist Graham Swift observed that, ‘Writers are always trying to touch, to grasp the universal.’

And the way not to do this, it seems to me, is to write the avowedly universal, global, cosmopolitan book – the sort of book that ought to be written in Esperanto. The key to the universal is always the local, if only because it’s a universal truth that all experience is and must be local, all experience is placed.
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Exploring Fairytales: My Father's Legacy | The Loft | September 12, 2018
Classics Professor Wessam Elmeligi posted an essay to the Loft Literary Center website titled, "Exploring Fairytales: My Father's Legacy," about the experience during his summer visit to his hometown, Alexandria, Egypt, where he rediscovered children's books written and illustrated by his father from the 1950s to the 1970s. The books reflected the transition Egypt and many countries in the MENA region were going through and the role that ancient history and mythology played in defining his father's generation.
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Jian Ghomeshi, John Hockenberry, and the Laws of Patriarchal Physics | The New Yorker
Jia Tolentino does the Lord's work of reading the essays so you don't have to:
The worst thing about this accursed genre of personal essay—“My Year of Being Held Responsible for My Own Behavior”—may be that it consists, almost necessarily, of terrible writing. It is hypothetically possible for such an essay to model a path forward that does not require dissembling and absolution, for a man to grapple with a history of specific wrongdoing without insisting on his own centrality for several thousand words. But the Venn diagram between serial harassers and abusers and people capable of fundamental honesty may not produce much of an overlap.
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