Month: September 2016

Short Take: In Defense of Housing

By William Caraher Peter Marcuse’s and David J. Madden’s In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis (Verso 2016) is a elegant survey of issues facing housing on a global scale. For the authors, the contemporary housing crisis exists in the tension between housing as home and housing as a

Elwyn B. Robinson in Context

Over the next few weeks, North Dakota Quarterly will reprint a series of short reviews that explore the legacy of Elwyn B. Robinson’s History of North Dakota on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Far from being a local book on a local place, Robinson’s History of North Dakota was ambitious in scope and elegant in execution.

“Never be afraid to sit a while and think”

The title of this post is from Raisin in the Sun: Act III. From Lorraine Hansberry’s play Les Blancs: Act II, Scene 2: TSHEMBE: I am simply saying that a device is a device, but that it also has consequences: once invented it takes on a life, a reality of

Books: Robinson’s History Revisited

Over the next few weeks, North Dakota Quarterly will reprint a series of short reviews that explore the legacy of Elwyn B. Robinson’s History of North Dakota on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Far from being a local book on a local place, Robinson’s History of North Dakota was ambitious

Fiction: The Sugar House

The sugar house was situated on high ground where all the chocolate in the world hardened into place. The chocolate made a base for the house, with underlying strength both for a ground floor and a cellar, as well as a second floor and garret. The sugar family lived there,

Short Take: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline

Sharon Carson  It is no exaggeration to say that history is being made along the Missouri River in North Dakota right now, as the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s legal and political stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has been endorsed by tribal nations across North America, while the on-the-ground

Vintage Perfumes and Printing

Our editors at North Dakota Quarterly are busy folks working to keep the quality of the journal as high as possible and pursuing their own creative work. Last week, our poetry editor, Heidi Czerwiec published a series of five prose-poems at KYSO Flash inspired by vintage perfume. (As an aside, check

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