Month: October 2016

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Afrikaans Part I: Tongue Correspondence

by Klara du Plessis

As I open the book, a letter falls out. Clearly, little is more nostalgic than a handwritten, airmailed letter from a friend, brimming with news and affection. The date is relatively recent, less than a year old, but already the envelope has developed that intoxicating perfume of decaying paper (insert library lover/secondhand book shopper). The letter is from a childhood friend who now lives in Spain,

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Writing the Good English

by Ndinda Kioko


As a black Kenyan woman writing in a language that was not invented by or for me, my stories often demand that I write them in a language that can imagine them. In the same way, writing is a way for me to find a language that can imagine me, a language that sees me.

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Hyphenated Fluency

by Jihyun Rosel Kim

What is your primary language of communication?

One of the signs of adulthood is that you have to fill out many forms and surveys about yourself and your background.  You are asked to categorize and divide your identity into knowable, and seemingly unending, labelled chapters: university admission, a new job, the newly-returned census.

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Introducing: Writing in English from a Multilingual Perspective

by Klara du Plessis

In a climate of multiculturalism, hybridity, and interdisciplinarity—interestingly, as I type, these exact words are underlined; apparently the world via spellcheck isn’t ready for diversity—a phobic reaction to a more holistic, multilingual or translational approach to language in literature is unexpectedly common.

In an interview for Close Listening with polyglot,

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Wanted: Town Crier Proofreaders

by Town Crier

Attention all proofreaders!

The Town Crier, the bloggy appendage to The Puritan, is seeking a new proofreader and WordPress formatter. We are one of the busiest literary blogs in Canada, updating 2-3 times weekly. A team of volunteer staff writers, Puritan Publicity Agents,