• The Sewanee Conglomerate

    Named for the uppermost rock formation in Sewanee's corner of the Cumberland Plateau, the Sewanee Conglomerate is the magazine's blog. Check here for short pieces about books and current events written by SR staff and guest contributors.

    February 2021

    Can you imagine sitting in a café in the near future, among strangers, lovers, and children, the relief of another human lightly touching your wrist? Can you imagine all of the gentleness that is still to come of this world?

    February 2021

    I think in all of my work, I am interested in characters who find themselves stranded in moments and in lives that they did not see coming. You wake up one day and suddenly you’re an adult, and all of those choices you didn’t even know you were making have cohered into a life and set of circumstances. How do you negotiate that? How do you navigate the alienness of your own life?

    January 2021

    Many are predicting a long, dark winter. We hope this issue keeps you company as the season gives on to spring.

    December 2020

    With the end of 2020 nigh, an unconventional holiday season is fast approaching. Our staff rounded up some of our favorites—books, but not just books—that may make a thoughtful gift for someone on your list.

    December 2020

    I stand at a juncture in life that is simultaneously retrospective and forward-looking. Are there new kinds of writing to explore? Is there something beyond academic striving?

    November 2020

    Winter is upon us, and though the seasons have changed, the times have yet to follow suit. Our staff came together to share some reads varied in subject—Nietzsche, the tragic lives of artists, apocalypse narratives, and pandemic poems—but tethered by theme: imaginative escape and the vitality of hope.

    November 2020

    At its heart, the book is an enigmatic work of geopolitical surrealism. Its symbols do not add up; it is full of secrecy without any secret.

    November 2020

    How are we going to get out of this?

    How are we going to get out of this?

    October 2020

    I wondered: After all the time we had spent together, had we been placed on this path to collide unavoidably at the end of her life?

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