musings

from the land of the rising sun

Literary Essays

"A Trip Not Traveled" (25 Aug. 2018)

This paper analyzes Tom Wolfe’s language in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a book that defined a generation.

"Tinkering Gods" (16 Dec. 2018)

Paul Harding’s Tinkers was released on a small press but soon found immediate popularity with its rather convoluted and experimental narrative.  

"Showman & Shaman" (23 Aug. 2019)

Alberto Ríos grew up on the border between Mexico and the United States, and his poetry is grounded and nurtured in this multicultural childhood experience. 

"The Unwitting Anthropologist" (23 Feb. 2020)

Kobo Abe’s most famous book outside of Japan is examined here. 

"Still Waters Run Deep" (5 Apr. 2020)

Raymond Carver’s story, “So Much Water So Close to Home,” is examined through Baxter’s essay on stillness from Burning Down the House.