Posts Tagged: karan mahajan

In Between the In-Between: Talking with Jenny Zhang

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Jenny Zhang discusses her story collection Sour Heart, trying to escape the past, collective versus individual responsibility for trauma, and love as imprisonment. ...more

Breaking the Script

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There’s a tendency to take writers who write about race and shuffle them into a genre, into a predetermined conversation, whether they wanted to be there or not. But even if the constraints of the game are rigged, what Jenny Zhang, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Karan Mahajan have to say cuts through the BS pretty quickly:

It’s a real detriment to the quality of these spaces when they end up being dominated by white folks.

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…Is Another Man’s Fertility Fetish

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The main character in Karan Mahajan’s novel, Family Planning, is a man who is only attracted to his wife when she is pregnant. “He liked the smooth, alien bulge of her stomach or the tripled heartbeat when they made love, silently, shifting over each other.” The down side, for this family at least, living as they do in New Delhi, is that the byproduct of pregnancy-for-arousal is an enormous family; not to mention a complicated web of lies.

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