The Vanderbilt Hustler

As I read “Anxious People,” I thought about how an elderly widow, a retired couple, two expectant mothers, a real estate agent and a career-obsessed banker—a mixed bag of individuals from all walks of life—found each other in the same place and filled each other up in ways they didn’t realize they even needed. (Hustler Staff/Jenna Moldaver)

Lessons & Literature: “Anxious People” tells an unlikely story of connection

October 4, 2020

How a book about a bank robber and a hostage drama made me rethink our COVID-19 era lives.

To respect those who inhabited these lands first, whose homes were stolen by settler-colonialism, we must recognize what exists at their expense: Nashville and Vanderbilt, at the expense of the homelands of the Shawnee people.

Lessons & Literature: “There There” creates a space for the contemporary Native perspective lacking in popular culture and discourse

July 16, 2020

Tommy Orange’s Pulitzer-winning novel tells an important story of modern Native people who are often erased and inappropriately represented.

We must hold novels like “Sula” with the same regard that we do novels like “Little Women,” not only because they deserve it, but also because if we don’t, we fail entirely to complete one of literature’s most fundamental goals: to understand lives that are different from our own.

Lessons & Literature: We need to redefine “classic” literature

June 6, 2020

In order to become allies to the Black Lives Matter movement, we need to read Black authors.

Lulu Miller's book provides an honest exploration of what it looks like to crawl out of chaos and draw meaning from destruction.

Lessons & Literature: “Why Fish Don’t Exist” is the perfect read to get you through this pandemic

May 19, 2020

Why this genre-bending book will inspire you to look at chaos differently.