I know that there are those who would argue that alcoholism is a singularly extreme condition, and I get that, but I’ve always felt clear that there’s a lot of overlap between alcoholism and plain old ordinary humanity....more
Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel, Exit West, hope in fiction as a form of resistance, the necessity of learning to accept social change, and how much America and Pakistan have come to resemble each other. ...more
Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad. ...more
I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially....more
To exist solely now on land is to live always waiting to reenter the water—to feel soothed even by the sound of it falling. To live a life on land is to feel the loss of our former lives within our very faces....more
Sunday 6/25: Join the fun: it’s the first day of the week-long International Fitzgerald Conference! It’ll include a host of papers and presentations, as well as a celebration of the Minnesota roots of Fitzgerald’s writing. 6/25-7/1, Hotel 340, 12 p.m., $205.
Today I write on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice. As someone who has been influenced by not a few pagan practitioners and Wiccan wonder workers, along with more conventional priests and monks of various religious varieties, I am attuned to the turning of our planet in the cosmos. Striving to be rational, I nevertheless carry a torch for the romance of astrology that informed my youth, and still celebrate the joys of shamanic practice, divination, chant, and just all around cosmic grooviness. No matter how much I am persuaded to be a child of the enlightenment, in my heart of hearts I remain a child of the occult revival of the 1960s, and secretly believe deep down that everybody must get stoned. Not literally, anymore, in my case. Recovery from alcoholism has necessarily shut that door of perception for the past twenty five years, but it can never be completely closed once opened, and there are other ways and means. (more…)
Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. She studied illustration at the University of Brighton and has written for a variety of outlets including the Guardian, Nobrow Press, The National Trust, Seven Stories Press, and the New York Times. In 2011 she won the Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica graphic short story prize. Her first graphic novel, The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, was published in 2013.
We talked through email about her second book, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, the premise of which is loosely based on Scheherazade’s One Thousand and One Nights. It starts with, “In the beginning was the world. And it was weird.” (more…)
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Fascist-bro Paul Ryan has his first challenger for the 2018 House Speaker election—and he’s a Democrat, which may or may not mean much. We’ll have to wait and see.
Our next Letter in the Mail comes from Jia Tolentino! Jia writes about a letter she received from a stranger in response to a piece she wrote, why she has yet to respond, why feeling like she’s not enough can be a useful feeling, and that maybe she’s always wanted to write an advice column.