Barrett Swanson

  • Starving

    Every semester I make the mistake of teaching Franz Kafka’s “The Hunger Artist” in my Intro to Literature class. It’s an error not owing to the story’s inscrutable meaning, nor because its tropes are…

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  • Perilous Aesthetics

    The first photo: a fireman, a woman, and a child wait on the top-floor landing of a fire escape. Smoke purls from the windows behind them. As the gallant-eyed fireman reaches for the approaching…

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