Category: Essays

North Dakota Quarterly Reader: Volume 1

Last week, we introduced a gem from the North Dakota Quarterly archives, a reader compiled by Elizabeth Hampsten and Stephen Dilks in 1997. The NDQ Reader Volume 1 features a carefully curated selection of material from the first 86 years of the NDQ. Over the next few months, we’ll be

Egyptian Reflections: Generous Hearts and Uncertainty 

Generous Hearts and Uncertainty* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the fourth of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! During our dahabiya (sailboat) tour on the Nile River, our travel companions commented one day that they felt guilty about the amount

Egyptian Reflections: The Nile is Life

The Nile is Life* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the third of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! The Nile River is considered the longest river in the world.  The Nile is formed by the merging of its two major

On the Speed of Nostalgia

By W. Scott Olsen Just off Peoria Avenue and 11th street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on a clear midsummer morning when the temperature is already 83 degrees and the forecast passes 100, a sign for Meadow Gold milk and ice cream holds to scaffolding atop a large brick shelter, an historical

Egyptian Reflections: Culture of Bribes

Culture of Bribes* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the second of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! Our first day of touring Egypt took us outside Cairo to the historic sites of the oldest pyramids at Dahshur and Saqqara.

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism

Migrants, Exiles, and Refugees: Reading Literature in times of Racism Gayatri Devi 1. When news reports started coming out last week of the sitting president of the United States referring to Africa, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries” in the presence of other elected politicians, my mind recalled the

Egyptian Reflections: Democracy in Traffic

Democracy in Traffic* Rebecca J. Romsdahl This is the first of four essays reflecting on Egypt. Please also read the introduction to see how they are all linked. Enjoy! After two hours sitting on the runway and ten and a half hours of flight time, our fellow passengers seemed very happy

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