This week I begin the spring semester in the Honors College of the University of Missouri and one of the courses I am very excited about is Liminality and Literature. We will read and discuss four liminally packed works of contemporary literature. They are:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

The paper-thin margin between a grieving President and his deceased son.

Blindness by Jose Saramago

A baffling virus takes sight away from the citizens of an unsuspecting town and the worst and best of human nature is revealed as a result.

The Whale Caller by Zakes Nda

The margin between land and sea is occupied by man and whale, a love affair that surpasses all others.

Nomadland by Jessica Bruder

An examination of the modern phenomenon of living mobile in communities of the mobile.

Try them out for yourselves!