Articles by Anne K. Yoder

April 7, 2016

Fiction Must Be Fed: On Margaret Cavendish, Frida Kahlo, and Marie Curie 1

What does it mean to be a female artist, or really an artist of any kind? Like Athena emerging from Zeus’s head fully formed, Cavendish and Kahlo emerge from these books as mentor-mothers, born again in imagination and time.

December 6, 2015

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 0

The books that stayed with me seem so intrinsically entangled with these ideas of time’s passage, of regret, of collecting and fracturing narratives, of the need to live through art and the desire be devoured by it.

July 8, 2015

The Size Queens release iBook/Album “To The Country” 0

The Size Queens re-conceptualize the album with their release of To The Country, a hybrid iBook/album whose “interpenetrations of song, text, and image” aim to generate new narrative forms. Band member/author Adam Klein writes: “We create these imagined worlds together, simultaneously uncontaminated and corrupted, through metaphor and code. ‘The country’ and the new world of […]

May 20, 2015

László Krasznahorkai Wins the Man Booker International Prize 0

The Man Booker International prize was just awarded to Hungarian author László Krasznahorkai, author of Satantango (later adapted for film by Béla Tarr) and Seiobo There Below. When asked to recommend a starting point for readers who have yet to encounter his work, the author defers: “I couldn’t recommend anything … instead, I’d advise them to […]

March 4, 2015

An Intimate Guest: On Lynne Tillman’s ‘What Gets Kept’ 0

Tillman’s authorial voice is singular, and her spoken voice is, too. It’s truly an amplification of the voice on the page. Many people have remarked on the quality of Tillman’s voice: its strength and intellect, its wit and warmth. It’s also raspy, sensitive, perceptive, keen—delivered with a New York accent.

February 19, 2015

The Possibility of A Voice: The Millions Interviews Joshua Corey 1

The mechanics of plot and the market-driven expectations that drive most American novels kept me from attempting fiction for a long time.

January 23, 2015

The Point Issue 9: On Art, Commerce, and the Prescience of DeLillo’s Cosmopolis 1

New at The Point: an incisive look at Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis that calls it “the most prescient American novel of the past fifteen years” and asks,”is it possible to mount any meaningful resistance to capitalism on the level of culture?” The latest print issue features this essay as well as a symposium on privacy, and will be launched at a release party in […]

June 25, 2014

Alternate Routes: A Summer Reading Itinerary 1

I never can quite fathom summer’s end at its start, and so my reading lists stretch on endlessly, too, crammed with long novels too unwieldy for the demands of other seasons.

April 1, 2014

On New Afghan Writing: An Interview with Adam Klein 0

I know a teacher’s role is not to be an analyst. Actually, I don’t know this. I don’t know why it would be wrong to bring up where the energy of the text is, where the elisions are. To some degree, you move the writer before they can move their text. That’s what I mean by permission. It isn’t the silent listener at the end of a couch but it feels that way – waiting for a writer to face their anxieties, their resistances.

February 28, 2014

I’m with the Losers: On Dubravka Ugrešić’s Europe in Sepia 6

The prognosis? It’s not good. Ugrešić laments what has become of the author who has to perform to earn a pittance and a hot meal. She laments a culture where action and image trump the self-doubt and time for contemplation.