Posts Tagged: Helen Phillips
When I look at the skyline of Manhattan, I get a feeling similar to when I look at the Rocky Mountains. People living in urban environments can have a relationship with the natural world, and in my writing I like to imagine what that relationship looks like.
Someday, will it be not myself but my daughter that I hold?
At Lit Hub, Helen Phillips, author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat and the newly released Some Possible Solutions, writes about parenting while (overly?) conscious of the critical eye, self-projected or otherwise, and finding moments of respite in the wonderful entropy of it all....more
New motherhood: it’s common but totally strange, completely natural yet weirdly alien, a beautiful miracle and absolutely disgusting. It can also have some strong effects on a woman’s perception of self and identity, as Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat) explores brilliantly in her story “The Doppelgängers,” chosen by Lauren Groff at Recommended Reading this week....more
The new issue of the revived The Scofield is out, spotlighting the work of Dambudzo Marechera and a favorite literary motif: the doppelgänger. The magazine revisits classics from the likes of Poe and Dostoevsky, offers theoretical views on the doppelgänger, and shares fiction from contemporary voices like Helen Phillips and Jeffery Renard Allen....more
The Beautiful Bureaucrat intentionally or not taps into contemporary anxieties around Big Data: how (and why, and by whom) the minutia of our lives is captured, and to what ends.
Anna Wiener, over at The New Republic, dives into Helen Phillips’s new novel, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, and all its inner darkness as a narrative for our contemporary society of database farming, the mediation of the self, and all the common anxieties underneath....more