We’re halfway through June, and though the first day of summer isn’t technically until June 21, I think we can all agree that we’re well into the sweltering season. This week’s story captures those quintessential staples of summer—swimming pools, soft serve, bike rides, frozen Capri Suns—but it’s no typical poolside read....more
Posts Tagged: Lit Hub
Brandon Taylor grapples with his sexuality and Southern identity over at Lit Hub.
Here at The Rumpus, Brea Salim leaves Indonesia and takes her spirituality with her to America, using it as a necessary touchstone to help find her way....more
Noriko Nakada writes with mesmerizing beauty on outrunning her darkness for Catapult.
In the latest TORCH installment at The Rumpus, Nadia Owusu traces the inherited trauma in her family’s history....more
This week, Canadian-British author Alison MacLeod mixes fiction with fact and memoir with metaphysics in a short story about a visit to Sylvia Plath’s grave. At Lit Hub, “Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld” takes what could otherwise be an item on a tourist’s agenda or an assignment in a ninth grade English class and transmutes it into a piece of writing that walks the edge of beauty and darkness as it pays homage to one of literature’s most mysterious and tragic celebrities....more
This week, a short story collection written by an author in North Korea and smuggled across its borders is reaching readers in North America. The Accusation is the first known story collection written by an author still living inside the totalitarian state to have escaped its iron curtain, and it is now being published across the globe....more
For Guernica, Carmen Maria Machado writes about cultural myths around large women and fighting to take up space with her body and her mind.
Woe be to those who buy the Peggy couch. Anna Hezel pens a hilarious “buyer beware” at The Awl....more
Last week was horrible and you need a laugh. Read Kate Washington’s imagined revolutionary National Parks meeting at McSweeney’s.
For Longreads, Anjali Enjeti tackles her perceived outsider status, even as a first-generation American-born citizen.
Read Davey Davis’s compelling dissection of the body horror genre here at The Rumpus....more
Don’t miss our 2017 AWP offsite event, co-hosted with Barrelhouse, Catapult, and Lit Hub!
Write Together, Fight Together will include readings from: Jericho Brown, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Melissa Febos, Morgan Parker, and Sarah Sweeney, to be followed by music and dancing. Free admission, February 9, 2017, doors at 6:30 p.m., readings begin at 7 p.m....more
Bookbinding may be a dying art, but at Lit Hub, Dwyer Murphy tells the story of a man who keeps his business going strong on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
For Hazlitt, Suzannah Showler takes a measured look at the prepper community and at the idea of preparation itself....more
Silence sometimes can protect you. It’s easy to think of the one who “saves herself,” who hides in the closet while the rest of the family is raped and killed by men in uniform. But silence can also protect others: when you face down demands to confess or condemn, when you refuse to sing for the master, when you speak not at all rather than speak the words they’ve scripted for you.
From the very beginning when Jon Wagner had hired Steve to start the magazine, it was clear the vison, the content—all final decisions would be Steve’s.
Isn’t the crowd itself a kind of anti-literature, an intensely physical impediment to the inwardness required of poetry and prose?
At Lit Hub, Dustin Illingworth writes about literature that theorizes “the crowd,” from Don DeLillo to Ezra Pound and Walter Benjamin, with horror and fascination....more
Sometimes, literary magazines fold. It happens all the time because of funding, or manpower, or editorial differences. Usually, print back issues remain for sale and online content is preserved indefinitely, or at least until someone forgets to renew the domain. But this does not seem to be the case with Black Clock, the respected literary magazine out of CalArts that published the likes of David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, and Aimee Bender, to name only a few of the prominent talents from its pages....more
Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, pens an essay for Lit Hub pointing out the meagerness of diversity as a meaningful end goal for creative communities. He critiques the repeated use of diversity panels, as they merely benchmark the fact that we have not even managed bring that small goal to fruition and remain heavily reliant on the efforts and labors of writers of color:
The problem with me coming to the table to talk about diversity is the belief that I have some role to play in us accomplishing it, and I don’t.
colonizers can’t seem to grasp this reality
indigenous resistance isn’t protest or disruption or civil unrest
indigenous resistance is ceremony
At Lit Hub, Demian DinéYazhi’ writes a poem of anguish and solidarity with the anti-pipeline movement at Standing Rock....more
Evil is not one man, but rather the process of normalization via which exclusion, deportation, and finally extermination are all rendered morally justifiable.
At Lit Hub, Rafia Zakaria writes an essay about Donald Trump’s rampant Islamophobia and how it can be read as emblematic of the evil Hannah Arendt theorized about in Eichmann in Jerusalum....more
You might know about the invention of the printing press revolutionizing the business of publishing, but what about the revolution in actually selling those published books? At Lit Hub, John Pipkin shares innovating bookseller James Lackington’s story of creating a book-selling boon back in 18th century London—he was similar to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in many ways....more
Publishers stress that readers nowadays want to feel like they’re in a relationship with an author. But I’ve just put everything I know into writing and in exchange you pay me $25 for a book. Can’t we be done?
At Lit Hub, Maria Semple talks with Jami Attenberg about comparing yourself to other writers and the irritable nature of social media....more