Shaun Randol

Shaun Randol founded The Mantle in 2009. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher. You can email him at shaun [at] Shaun is the co-editor of Gambit: Newer African Writing. He is also a member of the PEN American Center and serves on the boards of Nomadic Press, the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative, and Africa Book Link.


May 15, 2009

Originally posted on May 1, 2009 on PEN American Center's blog

To a less-than-full audience this afternoon at CUNY's Graduate Center, Columbia Professor and all around economic guru Jeffrey Sachs delivered sobering assessment of humanity's collective plight.
That what Sachs says is "news" or salient or motivational or innovative or "right" is both inspiring and frustrating.

Inspiring because finally maybe the American public and our politicians are waking up to serious problems with attainable solutions.

May 15, 2009

Originally posted on April 30, 2009 on PEN American Center's blog

May 15, 2009

Originally posted April 30, 2009 on PEN American Center's blog

And so I dive head first into the PEN World Voices Festival with a lecture on Roland Barthes, a French "literary theorist, philosopher, and critic" and influencer of many -isms (modernism, existentialism, Marxism, post-structuralism, and surely a few more). Critic Bernard Comment delivered the lecture on Barthes to an attentive standing-room only crowd at NYU's La Maison Française.

March 9, 2009

It is peculiar that a book on the lessons to be gleaned from our foreign policy misadventure in Iraq was published while the conflict still raged. Even now the fighting and dying continues, albeit on a lesser scale. The Iraq War is "the subject of volumes of instant history," notes Arthur Schlesinger Jr. What sets Lessons from Iraq apart from contemporaneous Iraq War books, however, is its attempt not at commentary on the fiasco, but its intention to help avoid getting into this mess... again.