Reasons I Rejected your Submission


This summer, I have graciously been accepted to be an editorial intern for one of the best literary quarterly magazines in the country. I am responsible for various tasks, one of which is the processing of unsolicited submissions. I read around 20 submissions a day in between my other duties. I’ve compiled a list of some things that will make me reject a submission: Continue reading


King Leopold’s Ghost review

King Leopold’s Ghost is an exploration into the mind of one of the central figures of modern imperialism, and how the influence of this 19th century mind reaches into the 21st century. This book is about “moral recognition”(1) of the atrocities that occurred in the Congo region of Africa under the imperial rule of Leopold II, king of the Belgians. Continue reading

George Eliot’s Middlemarch

To sum this book up, it’s rather like a cross between Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.  George Eliot is as sweeping and penetrating in her insights on mankind as Dostoevsky, and creates a Bildungsroman of the young English lady in a way only comparable to Austen. Continue reading

On Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury

“Dese funny folks.  Glad I aint none of em”(Faulkner 276).  This quote by Luster efficiently sums up my sentiments toward the characters in this novel.  A brutally claustrophobic work, I’ve emerged after being trapped in the Compson home with all the insanity and darkness of a tradition of deep bitterness.  Continue reading