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How to Freak Out Your American Roommate

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

THE FIRST TIME you meet your first roommate, you are jetlagged from the nineteen hours of flying to the United States. You barely register the names of his mother and father and siblings as he introduces them to you. But you do register how friendly and chatty they all seem to be. It strikes you, also, how everything he says appears to end with an inflection, so that he always seems to be asking a question. And when his family leaves, he tells you how he thinks it’s awesome? That you are like from Africa? And everything? You do not understand why being from Africa is “awesome,” but you smile and say thank you. He tells you then that he is from Maine, and when you reciprocate by telling him that this is “awesome,” he looks at you with a mildly puzzled smile and asks why. “Exactly,” you do not say.

You are wide awake that night when he begins to unpack his suitcases. And since you have nothing else to do, you ask if there is anything you can do to help. You install his television and his refrigerator, both of you, and he tells you that, although he understands you might want to buy your own fridge, he has brought a relatively big one so that you might share his, since he figured you couldn’t possibly bring one all the way from Africa. You tell him—and you really mean it—that this is very considerate of him, that it’d be nice to share his fridge. You can use his electric kettle as well, he says, and his printer, too. And, oh, his mom had gotten him a lot of snacks—too many, in fact—so you can help yourself to those as well. “Oh, nice!” you respond, laughing.

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Part 4 Artists and their Craft

Douglas A. Wissing Quarry Books ePub

A winter vista of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, from the 1900s reveals several prominent central-campus structures.

Courtesy of Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Postcard Collection, P 408.

EZRA POUND AT WABASH COLLEGE

THE WINTER OF 1908 BEGAN WITH STORMS HOWLING ACROSS the Indiana prairie, burying Crawfordsville’s stately Wabash College under swales of snow. Not long after yet another blizzard in early February, a distraught twenty-two-year-old professor of Romance languages (and aspiring poet) wrote a jangled letter about losing his job to his father back in Philadelphia:

Dear Dad

Have had a bust up. But come out with enough to take me to Europe. Home Saturday or Sunday. Dont let mother get excited.

Ez.

On the back, he scribbled,

I guess something that one does not see but something very big & white back of the destinies. Has the turning and the loading of things & this thing & I breath again.lovingly

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Homecoming

Edited and with an Introduction by Owen Indiana University Press ePub

The homing pundit breaks his long silence and
solves the solution of most everything

. . .

MY FOLKS—They got through the winter all right, with a few heavy colds but nothing worse. The new oil heater worked fine. My Aunt Mary was thinking about going to Finland to drive an ambulance, but the armistice stopped that. . . .1

Census catches Ernie and spoils his little scheme

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— . . .

We slowed down in Orlando, to see the boy who was my closest chum from the time we were eight until we were 18, back in Indiana. His name is Thad Hooker and, like me, he is no longer much of a boy.

In the years that have passed his new acquaintances have warped “Thad” into “Ted,” and that is the name he goes by now. He has heard it so long he hardly answers to his old name.

He puts lath on new houses for a living, and there are plenty of new houses in Orlando, and pretty ones too. But my friend both lives and laths in order to be able to fish. He has come a long way from the tree-pole and cork-floater fishing of our creek days.

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15. Good and Evil

Robert B. Ray Indiana University Press ePub

Here are two passages, one from Thoreau and one from Nietzsche:

The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior. (10)

What preserves the species.—The strongest and most evil spirits have so far done the most to advance humanity: again and again they relumed the passions that were going to sleep—all ordered society puts the passions to sleep—and they reawakened again and again the sense of comparison, of contradiction, of the pleasure of what is new, daring, untried; they compelled men to pit opinion against opinion, model against model. Usually by force of arms, by toppling boundary markers, by violating pieties.… In every teacher and preacher of what is new we encounter the same “wickedness.” … What is new, however, is always evil, being that which wants to conquer and overthrow the old boundary markers and the old pieties; and only what is old is good.

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From Dezafi and Les Affres d’un défi · Fiction

IU Press Journals Indiana University Press ePub

Frankétienne

Translated from Haitian Creole by Wynnie Lamour and from French by Kaiama L. Gover

HAITIAN NOVELIST-POET-PHYSICIST-MATHEMATICIAN-PAINTER FRANKÉTIENNE is co-founder, with Jean-Claude Fignolé and René Philoctète, of the late twentieth century aesthetic philosophy of Spiralism. Spiralism is a veritable cri de cœur from within the space of François Duvalier’s Haiti and out to the wider world; it is an approach to literature that evokes the possibilities for self-realization available to the individual even in repressive situations.

The selections below are excerpted from Frankétienne’s novels Dezafi (1975) and Les Affres d’un défi (1979). The former work is the first novel written in Haitian Creole and the latter is its rewriting, though not its translation, in French. The plot of both novels is the same: the citizens of Bois-Neuf live in total submission to the evil Vodou sorcerer Sintil/Saintil and his henchman Zofè/Zofer. Klodonis/Clodonis, a young student whose educated “impudence” threatens Saintil’s power, has been turned into a zombie by the sorcerer and made to work alongside other zombies in rice fields. In so “zombifying” Klodonis, Sintil effectively issues a warning to any and all who would oppose him, and so solidifies his control over Bois Neuf. Saintil’s daughter, Siltana/Sultana, falls in love with Klodonis, however, and wakes him from his zombified state by giving him salt. Klodonis distributes salt to the other zombies, who then awaken and cry out for vengeance. Inspired by Klodonis’ call for collective action, the villagers, too, are roused from their state of submissiveness and ally themselves with the bois nouveaux [new wood]—both the expression used to designate reanimated zombies and, of course, the appropriate term for the citizens of Bois Neuf. Unified and powerful, this newly revitalized community—led by former zombies—destroys Sintil and begins to look toward the future with hope.

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