Alissa Wilkinson

Alissa Wilkinson is assistant professor of English and humanities at The King's College in New York City, chief film critic at Christianity Today, and editor of QIdeas.org. Her work on pop culture, politics, art, and religion appears in publications including The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Marginalia Review of Books, Relief, the Globe & Mail, WORLD, and Paste. In 2008, she founded The Curator and served as editor while on staff with International Arts Movement until 2010.

Bio last updated June 17th, 2021.

Alissa Wilkinson

Articles by Alissa Wilkinson

  • The Uselessness of Language

    I immediately thought of the hordes of useless terms we used at my corporate job a few years ago—things that probably were useful a few times, but are so overused as to be ridiculous: synthesize, leverage, circle back, delivery, facilitate, teamwork, rollout, you get the idea ...

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  • The Kind of Conversion Narrative We Need

    I immediately thought of the hordes of useless terms we used at my corporate job a few years ago—things that probably were useful a few times, but are so overused as to be ridiculous: synthesize, leverage, circle back, delivery, facilitate, teamwork, rollout, you get the idea ...

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  • On Jubilee

    Last week at this time, quite a number of us were making the tough transition from Jubilee, where we'd spent the weekend, back to reality ...

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  • Ghetto Reunion

    And more than thirty years later, given the sizable turnout that shows up for these yearly reunions, and given the fact that many of these people travel great distances to be there, it's evident that we got a lot right ...

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  • Living in the Future

    Among those characteristics of ultramodern life are ubiquitous, featherweight jumpsuits; food machines; three-day telecommuting workweeks; "voice phones"; and a total lack of pollution and crowded highways ...

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  • Nil by mouth

    Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, wrote a sad and beautiful piece about his loss of the ability to eat and drink (as well as talk) ...

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  • Top Ten Outrage

    Why do we do this every year? Why are we so obsessed with reading them, critiquing them, and acting completely outraged when someone else didn't like ten things as much as we did? ...

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  • Sue your third-grade teacher

    I don't have a complete handle on grammar (while I do agree with the answers to the challenge, I know I routinely miss or even perpetrate a few of them), but you've got to wonder why grammar is so hard to standardize ...

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  • Save the libraries

    Alissa Wilkinson provides a passionate defence for the library as a public institution. She asks us each to consider, "Who will save the library?" 

    I'm grateful such a place exists, but it's true: I never take books out of the library (occasionally I've borrowed one from the NYU library, but I'm almost finished with my degree there and probably won't be back inside for a long time) ...

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  • The Writing (Student's) Life

    The wrappers would flutter a little as she whipped the pages of her legal pad back and forth, and spoke in epigrams about writing that often led to short lectures but were sometimes lists: Don't ever use the word 'soul,' if possible ...

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  • English is Messy

    The truth is that even at a school like King's, a small private college mostly made up of students who graduated at the top of the class, students are woefully unprepared to deal with the written English language ...

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  • Trash and the Anthropologist

    The director of my old graduate program at NYU is also an expert on something kind of weird: she's an anthropologist of sanitation, and has been the anthropologist-in-residence at NYC's Department of Sanitation for years ...

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