E.L. Doctorow ’52 Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow ’52. Via washingtonpost.com

E.L. Doctorow, a member of the class of 1952 died in Manhattan today as a result of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Though a philosophy major, Doctorow also studied with the founder of the New Criticism school, John Crowe Ransom, during his time at Kenyon. Continue reading

Alums in (the) Paris (Review)

Peirce Hall in the late 1930s; if you squint you can see Robert Lowell in the distance.

It’s the week before Thanksgiving and the semester has begun to wind down and I’ll venture to guess that you’re getting pretty tired of Netflix and the weather has got you thinking gloomily about better days or as they’re often termed glory days. Despite all the lavish contests we’ve got going these days at The Thrill, I’m afraid I can’t offer you a plane ticket to a tropical island paradise for your usage of caps-lock in the comment section or my undying gratitude for referencing me to an alleged Kenyon-based dating site. However, I can in fact give you some long, distracting, literarily inclined reads from Kenyon alums featured in the famous Paris Review Art of Fiction and Art of Poetry interviews, who almost without fail are asked about their own collegiate glory days. In case you didn’t know, John Crowe Ransom did a lot more than get a building, a lawn and an acapella group named after him. So turn off that “Pyschological Mind Bending Thriller from the 80s,” that a computer-powered algorithm has decided you’d enjoy and slip on those reading glasses.

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