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Bonus Post: Paris Review Interview w/ John Edgar Wideman

February 8, 2011
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From the Paris Review. Penn alumnus John Edgar Wideman discusses his writing career and college experience. Full interview available here. Click here for a full bio.

 

The world of the University of Pennsylvania, and maybe even the world I’m in today—because they are so different from the community, the people, the values where I grew up—don’t seem quite real, never seemed quite real, which, yes, put me in the position of an outsider. At Penn, I was like an anthropologist traveling in the Congo, but without the power the anthropologists presume in their writing. I was very centered in my own culture as I observed all these things, but I knew quite well the power of the foreign world that I was in. I always felt that I was there, not exactly on loan, but as a kind of test case, and that created a lot of pressure.

 

Ryan Jobson, C’11

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