Articles by Hannah Gersen

July 30, 2014

Should We Talk About The Weather? Frankenstein, Fear, and the “Year Without Summer” 1

Wood sees the eruption of Tambora and its devastating after-effects as a case study for rapid climate change, arguing that the years post-Tambora offer “a rare, clear window onto a world convulsed by weather extremes, with human communities everywhere struggling to adapt to sudden, radical shifts in temperatures and rainfall.”

May 6, 2014

What To Expect When 30 Women Write About Giving Birth: On Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers 0

There’s nothing watered-down about the stories in this volume: they are blunt, wistful, confessional, wise, loving, sorrowful, witty and sometimes eerie.

April 22, 2014

Short Stories, Italian Style: On Francesca Marciano’s The Other Language 2

A new dress, a change of scene, a spontaneous invitation: Marciano understands that these are the superficial actions people take in order to get at the deeper impulses they cannot name.

April 2, 2014

Lost In The Sierras: On Michelle Huneven’s Off Course 0

Off Course casts a very strong spell. The fairy tale theme is pervasive and like all good fairy tales, there is a sense of unease, of darkness unseen.

March 24, 2014

Guerilla Grandma: On Siri Hustvedt’s The Blazing World 4

Set in the New York art world, The Blazing World tells the story of Harriet Burden, an accomplished, middle-aged artist so frustrated by her lack of stature that she arranges for three younger male artists to show her work as their own.

February 11, 2014

Writing The UnAmericans: An Interview With Molly Antopol 1

I want to know who is in the most complicated place in the situation and then I’ll see how the environment is informing their lives.

December 7, 2013

A Year In Reading: Hannah Gersen 0

This year the books I liked best fell into two categories: tortoises and hares.

December 2, 2013

The Ultimate List: 25 Gifts That Writers Will Actually Use 12

I realized that I had a drawer full of blank journals that I had never used, all given to me by friends and family wanting to support my writing habit. I knew I couldn’t be the only writer with this particular surplus, so I decided to draw up a list of items that writers might actually use.

October 28, 2013

Life and Counterlife: Roth Unbound by Claudia Roth Pierpont 2

One thing that makes Roth Unbound interesting is that Pierpont was able to interview Roth in the first years of his retirement. You can feel Roth’s reflective, relaxed state of mind as he looks back on his career, cataloging his regrets and triumphs.

October 22, 2013

The Smile in the Bone: Lore Segal’s Half The Kingdom 0

Anyone who has ever passed time in a hospital will find something recognizable and true in Lore Segal’s new novel, Half The Kingdom.

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