Devina Bhalla is a columnist at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore majoring in sociology and English. Devina can be reached at Devina.Bhalla@tufts.edu.


Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Born A Crime’ and a few final words

With the little taste of break that Thanksgiving gave us, I was able to finish reading Trevor Noah’s “Born A Crime” (2016). “Born A Crime” is another comedian’s autobiographical novel (perhaps I’m on a comedian kick thanks to Jenny Slate) full of stories from Noah’s childhood in South Africa. Noah is biracial and was born […]


Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Little Weirds’

“Little Weirds” (2019) by Jenny Slate is a journey. I struggled for a while trying to write this, to describe a book so weird yet so enjoyable. And I’m still not sure you’ll understand. Maybe you won’t until you pick it up yourself, which this hopefully gives you a push to do. Slate is a […]


Bhallin’ with Books: ‘How We Fight for Our Lives’

It’s that busy time of year, and unfortunately I was not able to attend Saeed Jones’ book talk about his latest memoir, “How We Fight for Our Lives” (2019), like I had planned. Jones’ book is important and deserves coverage though, so I am giving it some space here to talk to you all. “How […]


Bhallin’ with Books: ‘The Makioka Sisters’

“The Makioka Sisters” (1943–1948) by Jun’ichirō Tanizaki follows four aristocratic women in Osaka throughout the years preceding World War II. It is truly a wonderful read. The Makioka family is upper-middle class. However, the wealth that they once enjoyed in their father’s prime has been in decline along with the aristocratic way of life. Decline […]


Bhallin’ with Books: ‘Slave Old Man’

This week I was powerfully floored by Patrick Chamoiseau’s “Slave Old Man” (1997). Originally published in French and Creole in 1997, Linda Coverdale’s translation is accurate and allows for Chamoiseau’s beautiful and significant text to be read by English speakers. Chamoiseau was born in Martinique and is a celebrated author and part of the Créolité […]


Pinsky talks new anthology, poetry, emotion

Robert Pinsky, a prominent voice in American poetry, visited Porter Square Books on Oct. 29 to talk about and read from his new anthology of poetry, “The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling” (2019). Pinsky is the author of 10 collections of poetry and was elected United States Poet Laureate […]


Bhallin’ with Books: Adam Rippon’s ‘Beautiful on the Outside’

I received the most wonderful surprise last week. After arriving at the Wilbur Theatre to cover Adam Rippon’s book talk on his new memoir “Beautiful on the Outside” (2019) for the Daily, I walked through the extravagant doors to see a table covered with hardcover copies of his memoir on it. A free book! (Technically […]


Olympic figure skater Rippon talks memoir, Olympics, next chapter at Wilbur Theatre

Adam Rippon was the first openly gay athlete to win a medal in the Winter Olympics. He won a bronze medal as part of the figure skating team in the 2018 Winter Olympics. He also was a National Champion in 2016 and a Four Continents Champion in 2010. Rippon released his memoir, “Beautiful on the […]


Bhallin’ with Books: Jake Skeets’ poetry

I began this week lost. I read the first few pages of multiple books, but nothing felt right. I wanted to read something else, something different. However, without knowing what, I got stuck not doing any reading at all. ​Luckily, I happen to follow a lot of bookstores on Instagram. They are constantly posting bookish […]


Hardesty speaks on new book ‘Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds’ at Royall House

Jared Hardesty has been studying slavery in New England for a decade. His first book “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston” (2016) is based on his dissertation on slavery in Boston specifically. “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds” (2019) widens his scope to the whole New England region. This past Thursday, Hardesty spoke about […]


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