The Mothers II: Complicated Heroines

By Angelina Eimannsberger *Please note that this essay references major developments of The Mothers’ plot in its discussion of complicated heroines. Please read the novel, if you haven’t already, and then come back to this essay so we wont spoil your experience of plot and character development* The main character of Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Nadia Turner is a…

“Who is the sun” & two other haikus

By Benjamin Phillips   Who is the sun, that flowers should follow its arc across the heavens?   The lantern oil burns, attracting moths to watch the flames abiding waltz. Hearing streams babble on and on; no wonder the rocks never speak up. Photo credit: s268.photobucket.com /user/annieshreeve/media/purple-sun-flowers-sky.jpg.html#

Don’t Worry. Do Something.

by Patricia Taylor I try not to worry, but I can’t help it.  If humans keep burning fossil fuels, we are headed toward inevitable multi-meter sea level rise (which means that our coastal cities will be underwater).  We will have violent, unpredictable weather, massive crop disruption, a refugee problem involving everyone on the planet – and,…

The Mothers: Care and Masculinity

by Ian Kennedy The Mothers, in accord with its title, is concerned with motherhood, femininity, and women’s homosocial care. Its author, Brit Bennet, takes on the intricacies of those relationships with grace, carefully constructing both the interaction and interiority of her characters. I expected those themes when I picked up the book, and I enjoyed their…

May: “An Aesthetic Education”

By Indulgence Editors Our May book pick is Gayatri Spivak’s 2012 monograph “An Aesthetic Education in the Era of Globalization.” Referencing Friedrich Schiller’s “On the Aesthetic Education of Man”, a treatise about Immanuel Kant’s transcendental aesthetics and the events of the French Revolution, Spivak offers a contemporary, postcolonial, feminist treatise on the ethical value and moral impact…

The mighty brook & two other haikus

By Benjamin Philips The mighty brook near  my house, spends time babbling  its secrets to me. Hello little one. Do you, yellow jacket, like my clothes as I do? Who is the sun, that flowers should follow its arc across the heavens?

The Friendship Plot: A new focus in story telling on women and their lives in the novels of Elena Ferrante

by Angelina Eimannsberger Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels–My Brilliant Friend (2012), The Story of a New Name (2013), Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (2014), and The Story of the Lost Child (2015)–have created hype among American readers since Europa editions made them available in English translation. The story of Elena, the narrator, and her friend Lila begins when they are young girls…

Refuse

by Ben Phillips The world around me continually changes. I refuse to speak. The dreariness of life, satisfied with no change. I refuse to speak. Some question what it means to be alive right now. I refuse to speak. They doubt their own strength and will to find happiness. I refuse to speak Politicians make their…

NEW SERIES: American Women and Their Novels

By Angelina Eimannsberger We are excited to announce our new series, “American Women and Their Novels,” in which we look at what women are reading in contemporary America, starting with INDULGENCE’s April pick, The Mothers by Brit Bennet. The books in this series are curated to speak to a variety of experience of different women. We…

The Battle of Endview Plantation

by Matt Dischner Shenandoah stirs my wooded memory, crumpling leaves an underfoot percussion to longdraw exhales on the violin tumbling through an oak aged ravine I remember from childhood, an old plantation and reenacted battlefield, a Civil War camp for young boys. They dressed us up and fed us hardtack and I pointed a toy…