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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.

August 26, 2016

What I Learned on My Debut Book Tour From the Books I Read Along the Way 0


I learn this lesson well: you don’t write the book for yourself. Once it’s published, it’s not yours. It’s theirs.

August 25, 2016

In Order to Live: Story Structure in the Horoscopic Style 4


We have no idea what we’re talking about when we talk about structure.

August 24, 2016

Screaming Notes the Human Soul Seldom Makes Audible: On Raul Brandão’s ‘The Poor’ 0


Although it sounds improbable that in 2016 there are still great Modernist writers left to discover, Brandão has the same importance Franz Kafka, Marcel Proust, and James Joyce have in their respective languages.

August 23, 2016

What Percival Everett’s ‘Erasure’ Can Tell Us about Authenticity 10


If we can’t depend on the morals of the writer or the objectivity of the editors and publishers, how do we navigate the shoals of the authenticity debate?

August 19, 2016

Comfort Objects 1


For a few hours one night a year the film made her forget her worries about finances or her unhappy marriage to my father. I have since discovered how we often return to our favorite songs, movies and books, seeking contentment or an escape from our daily lives.

August 18, 2016

Octogenarian Hotties 21


Publishing’s abiding obsession with fresh voices ignores a curious fact about our current literary scene: a startling number of the finest writers at work today are not twentysomethings; they’re eightysomethings.