Haruki Murakami (Photo: Rick Pushinsky)

Haruki Murakami (Photo: Rick Pushinsky)

Listen to the Latest Episode of The Plot!

Authors like James Baldwin or Haruki Murakami are major literary voices. Why aren’t they taught more in schools?

In part two of our series on the literary canon, we ask: what books or works do we want to see receive more attention, and how could we make room for them in our education system? We also consider how the canon could be more generous in its inclusion of other genres, like science fiction or fantasy, and how to bring more writers from other countries into our classrooms.

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Hi, I’m Sean, and I’m an arts journalist, podcaster, and playwright. My writing or commentary has appeared in The Clyde Fitch Report, where I was the former Managing Editor, and also in The New York Times, Broadway World, Rantt Media, and other outlets in the U.S. and abroad.

On this site you’ll find episodes of my current podcast The Plot, along with an archive of past podcast interviews and selected articles.