Articles by Anne K. Yoder

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.

February 21, 2014

A Feast for the Vicarious Foodie: On Michelle Wildgen’s Bread and Butter 9

And the food! If nothing else (and there is plenty else), the novel revels in its cuisine. Sentences are peppered with exquisite dishes throughout and take detailed note of the textures and presentation and garnishes, allowing reader gorge. Dishes served include pig’s ear, hard salami, putty-colored lambs tongue, rabbit ragù with pappardelle, salted brittle, and sardines.

December 8, 2013

A Year in Reading: Anne K. Yoder 0

This year, as I embarked on a novel, I became a kind of kleptomaniac, with all of the ghosts and voices and ideas from the books I’d just read haunting my attempts to put words on the page.

October 10, 2013

New Herring Press: Purveyor of Prose Chapbooks 0

New Herring Press is a Brooklyn/Portland publisher of prose chapbooks, and they’re likely the best new chapbook press you haven’t heard of yet. Volume II of their annual series features titles by Eileen Myles, Justin Torres, Amanda Davidson, and Sara Veglahn, with cover art by illustrator Jacob Magraw-Mickelson. NHP’s ultra-short backlist includes notable authors like […]