About William Brafford

William Randolph Brafford is a lifelong Presbyterian and expatriate North Carolinian who currently lives in Brooklyn, where he works for a software company.

The Unsettling Emergence of Marilynne Robinson as Environmentalist


Marilynne Robinson's three novels are gentle, compassionate, wonderful in the strict sense, and haunting. However, none of these adjectives describe Mother Country, her 1989 tirade against nuclear pollution and English civilization. You can imagine her writing the novels – Housekeeping, Gilead, and Home – from a desk by the bright east window in a quiet house. But Robinson herself provides the image for Mother Country: β€œthe unsettling emergence of lady novelist as petroleuse.” (What a … [Read more...]