It’s been quiet on the blog lately, which, given the time of (academic) year, is not really surprising. Luckily, it hasn’t been quiet behind the scenes. I’ve been busy finalising plans for the next workshop, which will be held in late January and will be on the theme of literature and global conflict. News on that soon! I also have some thoughts I would like to put down around Facebook activism, especially with the current happenings around the Dakota Access pipeline and Standing Rock protests, as well as a recent blog that I read from a pretty well known writer, arguing against empathy. Hopefully these will be up in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, I’m pleased to share this recording of Nikesh Shukla’s amazing reading and conversation from our 17 September workshop. Nikesh talks about (and reads from!) The Good Immigrant, race, representation, empathy and publishing. It was a really fun night – give it a listen!