An Author of Our American Times
Putting up with the hectic world of social media is not the sole challenge contemporary authors are facing. We are expected to master performance art and entertain an audience not only through our written work, but also by means of public talks and appearances. 
Thoughts on Literary History II
The narrative structure of literary history compels us into particular assumptions, in particular, with the assumption of an originary moment.  Such concerns are to be found throughout traditional Chinese discourses on literature, as well as in their modern, literary historical heirs.  For example, I've just finished teaching the section on Han, Wei, and Western Jin poetry in my literary hist