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May 2, 2016

All of This Is Mine: A Conversation with Victor LaValle 0


This supernatural horror as allegory for virulent racism is what has increasingly tarnished H.P. Lovecraft’s legacy, and what makes Victor LaValle’s rebuke so sharp.

April 29, 2016

Portrait of a Trump Supporter 4


I’ve found a vivid explication of Trumpism’s roots in what might seem an unusual place: William Faulkner’s modernist tour de force The Sound and the Fury.

April 28, 2016

Writing for Readers and Other Taboos 7


Readers — living, breathing readers who are imperfect and stubborn and yet often rewarding with their time and attention, and hopefully, their monetary support — are the lifeblood of writing.

April 27, 2016

Life Is Short and This Book Is Long: Two Thoroughly Modern Women Continue to Discuss ‘David Copperfield’ 19


I still have 200 pages to go and I can barely remember what it’s like to truly love a book. I am so behind and the book is starting to feel endless. Every night I tell myself, “Okay, go to bed early. Read for an hour or more.” Then I get in bed, read two pages, and fall asleep at 9 pm or whatever it is.

April 27, 2016

Everybody Stinks: The Life and Work of a Failed Southern Lady 3


Florence King was at heart a Randian libertarian, seeing identity politics as antithetical to her sacred sense of individualism and thus worthy of scorn.

April 25, 2016

Years with Yoko 1


Art is a conversation between you and someone you’ve probably never met, and that conversation can continue for so long.

April 21, 2016

My Pilgrimage to the House of Brontë 3


To live in Haworth during Charlotte Brontë’s time would have made anyone from the 21st century chronically nauseated.

April 19, 2016

Spurn the Translator at Your Own Peril 0


Translators live at a slight remove from the tumult of the real world, in worlds with their own variety of tumult; they see life through a prism of literature. Their days are filled with another person’s mind, other people’s worlds.

April 14, 2016

Anita Brookner, Queen of the Damned 1


Nothing much happens in these books; people go to the shop, they return to their quiet flats, they eat a little, they make tea, they think. Sometimes they visit the hairdresser or a museum. Sometimes someone dies, and there’s a quiet funeral.

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.