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October 4, 2016

Frank Ocean and the Black Male Body 0


Frank Ocean asserts the elasticity of black maleness.

September 29, 2016

Edward Albee Was My Mailman 3


It turned out that Albee was an elusive kind of mailman. He’d drive up to our house, quietly drop off the mail on the kitchen counter, and slip away.

September 27, 2016

The Author Wore Prada 10


The need for nuanced representations of fashion in fiction has never been greater. Fashion offers a unique lens to view some of the most important issues of our time: class, gender, race, and sexuality.

September 26, 2016

Killing Me Softly 0


One day I went to work on my novel and, to my surprise, a part of it had been rewritten. My boyfriend, seeing my unease, told me that he had done it, that he thought I needed to be funnier.

September 22, 2016

Setting a Rant to Music: On Adapting Thomas Bernhard’s ‘The Loser’ for the Opera 0


I couldn’t read The Loser silently. I ended up yelling the entire book to my reflection in the mirror in my bathroom, from start to finish, which was very exciting. And that day I started imagining what it would be like to add music to it.

September 16, 2016

Literary Touchstones: On the Life and Death of Marcel Proust 1


As Proust wrote upon hearing of the writer John Ruskin’s death: “I am shown how paltry a thing death is when I see how vigorously this dead man lives.”

September 14, 2016

Freezing White Men for Posterity 8


What does it all amount to? A grotesque kind of nostalgia.

September 7, 2016

There Is No Such Thing as the Young Adult Novel 3


The bind of writing a young adult novel as a grown up is that you are necessarily writing towards a category of people that no longer includes you.

September 6, 2016

Chance Operations at the Hospice Luis Plaza Dañin 0


Because I believed literature’s sole purpose was to not be machine crap, I attempted alternatives.

August 31, 2016

An Invitation to Hesitate: John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ at 70 17


In our current age, in which every refresh of the Web browser brings a new story of tragedy, to be forgotten as quickly as it appeared, it seems that Hiroshima is as relevant as ever. Drone warfare is now a simple fact of life, and the nuclear threat still very much exists.