Month: September 2018

What books would you ban for Banned Book Week?

The last week of September is Banned Books Week and the good folks at the American Library Association bring attention to banned and challenged books! It’s a great cause and one that deserves to be taken seriously. Of course, like all serious things, it deserves to be poked at a

The Cats of St. Nicholas

The last few months at North Dakota Quarterly have been a flurry of activity. We’re preparing a volume for publication, we have a new publisher, we’ve moved offices, and I’m learning the ropes as the new editor.  I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the former managing editor Kate Sweney around to guide me,

Is Shakespeare Still Relevant?

Our friends over at the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life have a conversation with Adam Kitzes on whether Shakespeare is relevant today. Adam is not only a scholar of Shakespeare at the University of North Dakota, but also a member of the NDQ editorial board (and a sometime contributor to

A Cocktail Fit for a Quarterly

The essence of connoisseurship is simplicity, and I’m talking about the kind that’s born from respect rather than resignation. Taste is all about knowing how to spot and, then, how to avoid hyperbole. It manifests as a disdain for the overwrought and inauthentic and, sometimes, as a quest for its

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