For several months I avoided doing a post on the work of Helen Oyeyemi, one of the most obvious choices for this column, because she intimidates me. Oyeyemi’s work is of such high quality, in terms of structure and language, and her re-imagined worlds are so complex, that I could not see how I could …

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As a writer, a friend, a person, a student, and an employee, I tend to give a lot of thought to honesty; what it means, whether it’s a good idea or a bad idea, and how I feel about it. To get started, let’s define “honesty.” Honesty is generally accepted as the antithesis of lying, …

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