Fenton Johnson discusses his new book, AT THE CENTER OF ALL BEAUTY.
Tags: Adrienne Rich, Agnès Varda, AIDS, AIDS crisis, Albert Goldbarth, Albert Woodfox, At the Center of All Beauty, Bill Cunningham, celibacy, Chris La Tray, Christopher Knight, cornel west, COVID-19, essays, Eudora Welty, Fenton Johnson, gay, Gay Marriage, Geography of the Heart, Guy Davenport, Henry David Thoreau, henry james, Jimmy Bland, LGBTQ, Lorraine Hansberry, marriage, memoir, memoir-in-essays, Michael Finkel, Nina Simone, pandemic, Paul Cézanne, philip lopate, Quarantine, queer, queerness, Rod McKuen, San Francisco, silence, solitude, Thoreau, Walden, zora neale hurston
Blair Hurley discusses her debut novel, THE DEVOTED.
Tags: #metoo, Abuse, Alice Munro, appropriation, Blair Hurley, Boston, buddhism, Catholic Church, cats, creative writing workshop, cultural appropriation, Darin Strauss, debut novel, Eudora Welty, faith, first book, Flannery O'Connor, Liz Harmer, meditation, religion, Sex, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, spirituality, teaching writing, writing workshop, Zen Buddhism
Angela Mitchell discusses her debut collection, UNNATURAL HABITATS & OTHER STORIES.
Tags: Alice Munro, american south, Angela Mitchell, Animal Lovers, Arkansas, Bobbie Ann Mason, Bobcat, bobcats, debut collection, drugs, Eudora Welty, farming, Fayetteville, first book, Jill McCorkle, Kaye Gibbons, Larry McMurtry, Lee Smith, linked stories, Louise Marburg, Missouri, money, Ozarks, poverty, rural life, short fiction, short stories, Silas House, Southern literature, southern writers, The Truth About Me, unlikable characters, Unnatural Habitats, Why There Are Words, WTAW, WTAW Press
Kiese Laymon discusses his new memoir, HEAVY.
Tags: Abuse, addiction, Alexander Chee, american south, body image, Eudora Welty, Faulkner, gambling, Giovanni's Room, Heavy, Heavy: An American Memoir, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Jackson, James Baldwin, Jesmyn Ward, Kiese Laymon, Long Division, memoir, Mississippi, Monet Patrice Thomas, mothers, mothers and sons, Racism, sexual abuse, sexual violence, Southern, The Fire Next Time, trauma, vulnerability, weight
Place is context in part, but it is not context in summation. ...more
Tags: (K)ink: Writing While Deviant, Bible, creative nonfiction, D Gilson, Dinah Lenney, Duane E. Smith, Eudora Welty, garth greenwell, gay, homosexuality, Jesus, King David, kink, LGBTQ, Mary Karr, piss, place, queer, Sex, sexuality, submission, translation, urinal, urine, What Belongs to You
Angie Thomas discusses her debut novel,
The Hate U Give, landing an agent on Twitter, and why she trusts teenagers more than the publishing industry. ...more
Tags: #ownvoices, #weneeddiversebooks, Angie Thomas, Black, black lives matter, Corinne Duyvis, debut novel, Deesha Philyaw, diversity, Eudora Welty, first book, Harry Potter, jacqueline woodson, Mike Brown, Mildred D. Taylor, New York Times Bestseller, Octavia Butler, Oscar Grant, police violence, publishing industry, Rachel Jeantel, richard wright, Sandra Bland, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Tamir Rice, teenagers, The Hate U Give, Toni Morrison, Trayvon Martin, twitter, Visible: Women Writers of Color, We Need Diverse Books, William Faulkner, Women Writers of Color, writers of color, YA Literature, young adult literature
That’s what the Lonely Voice has always been to me. It was a privilege to be allowed to have a private conversation with myself in public. ...more
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Lee Clay Johnson discusses his novel
Nitro Mountain, growing up with bluegrass musician parents, and what people are capable of under the right set of circumstances. ...more
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In her voice, I am held, cradled even. I am equal parts longing and hope. I am home. ...more
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What is friendship if not learning the song of another’s heart and singing it back to them? In a reflection on friendship and language, Brain Pickings’s Maria Popova explores Eudora Welty’s writings on the topic. Popova writes: “[I]t might be the basic necessities of friendship, [Welty] suggests, that sparked in us the evolutionary need for […]
As it’s most commonly used, badass implies both toughness and disaffectedness. It’s rare to look at someone whose chief qualities are measured thoughtfulness and open emotionality and declare her a total badass. Ijeoma Oluo, Naomi Yang, Eudora Welty—these women are creative and powerful and assertive, yes, but should we call them “badass”? Over at the Guardian, […]
Too many stories about mopey suburbanites. Too many well-off white people. A surfeit of descriptions, a paucity of action. Too much privileging of prose for the sake of prose, too little openness to rougher energies. And those endings? At the New Yorker, Jonathan Franzen writes about “the New Yorker story” as a genre that emerged […]
Author Kate Walbert talks about her new novel,
The Sunken Cathedral, about the way cities change over time, and her approach to using footnotes in fiction. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Burma, Chelsea, climate change, Denis Johnson, disruption, Dorothy Day, Elephant Company, empathy, Eudora Welty, footnotes, French, hilary mantel, historical fiction, identity, interruption, Iwo Jima, julian barnes, Kate Walbert, lindsay whalen, Manhattan, multiple realities, Muriel Spark, New York City, octogenarians, One Writer’s Beginnings, penelope fitzgerald, playwright, The Gardens of Kyoto, The Highline, The Long Loneliness, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Sunken Cathedral, Train Dreams, visual culture, World War II
May is Short Story Month! In honor of StoryADay’s second annual celebration, Flavorwire writers offered their recommendations of five stories worth a read, from Calvino to O’Connor. On Monday, Gawker held a live-chat interview with Rivka Galchen about her new short story collection, American Innovations. All 10 of the stories in the collection are told […]
Tags: american innovation, Daniel Jose Older, Eudora Welty, farnam street, feminist writing, long hidden, rivka galchen, rose fox, short fiction, short story, speculative fiction, this week in short fiction
Greatest American short story writer? Ever? For me, it’s not even an interesting question. Welty in a landslide.
August 19th, 2010
I want to know what you have inside you. I want to see the contours of your second beating heart. ...more
Tags: addiction, David Foster Wallace, Dear Sugar, depression, elissa bassist, Emily Dickinson, Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Lorrie Moore, Rumpus Women, sugar, suicide, The Optimist’s Daughter, Write Like a Motherfucker