I wanted to be able to frame the story within this understanding that these are powerful forces and that these are stories we’ve heard a lot before, and that these stories get in the way of, or make it hard to understand or even listen to, a more authentic or more real story about who people are or can be. ...more
“No remedy will undo your bad choices, or your addiction to sugar. And you can’t afford my prices anyway.” ...more
When I start running, I want you to keep your eyes on it, because you’ll notice something that may seem strange. You will find that no matter where I run, or how long, or how far, you will not see this moon move an inch in the sky. ...more
The amount of pressure on young men still to get on with it and to bottle it up and to be strong and be certain is overwhelming. And it shows in the UK. The suicide rates for men are so high. It’s a mental health issue. We don’t allow men to express themselves or talk about their vulnerability, and we blame them for a lot; we get to that phrase “toxic masculinity” really quickly. I don’t believe masculinity is always toxic, I just think sometimes it’s very unhealthy and we need to examine it and open it up.
Rather than work being a place to follow your dream, or make a difference, it’s the place you work because you have to figure out a way to pay your rent. ...more
I think it is imperative to explore the limits of the colonial narrative and its dictates because, whether we like it or not, the world that we have inherited was created by that narrative. If we have any hope of moving past it, we have to understand it fully. ...more
” . . . I’m pretending to be a student for the sake of a thought experiment I’m trying to disguise as a story so it has a better chance of getting read. Also, I look young.” ...more
Jade Sharma discusses her first novel
Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes. ...more
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Megan Stielstra discusses her recently rereleased books EVERYONE REMAIN CALM and ONCE I WAS COOL.
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Nothing is not right. There is no indication there has ever been a house. ...more
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My job was to help people suspend disbelief. ...more
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It’d been a while since I’d spent time in a body. ...more
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Clifford Thompson discusses his work and art-making.
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Everything old felt far away; everything new felt exhilarating. ...more
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Deesha Philyaw discusses her debut story collection, THE SECRET LIVES OF CHURCH LADIES.
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A block away from my house, Reina killed herself. ...more
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Laura Munson discusses her first novel, WILLA’S GROVE.
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This is what happens when I listen. I react. ...more
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Leslie Jamison interviews her mentor, Elizabeth McCracken.
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“The planet ceases to rotate. Pundits debate whether or not the moon will fall from the sky.”
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Ariel Gore discusses her new novel
We Were Witches, why capitalism and the banking system are the real enemies, and finding the limits between memoir and fiction. ...more
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Author Meghan Lamb‘s new novel, Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace, March 2017), is a book that cuts to the core of disturbance. In it, a woman is struck by an inexplicable and undiagnosable illness that renders her immobile and takes away her ability to speak. Her husband must become her caretaker, living with a woman […]
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If anyone was old pals it was Leona and the house. Was she friends with a house? ...more
At Catapult, Arielle Robbins writes a powerful story of coping with the legacy of sexual abuse. “From the Abuse Survivor’s Workbook” delivers the story, as the title suggests, in segments from the guided-journaling workbook sometimes prescribed as part of therapy, offering glimpses into the memories, anxieties, and daily life of the story’s survivor, Brie. The workbook […]
Laurie Sheck is the author, most recently, of Island of the Mad, and A Monster’s Notes, a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for The Willow Grove, she has been a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and at the […]
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Abeer Hoque talks about coming of age in the predominantly white suburbs of Pittsburgh, rewriting her memoir manuscript ten times, and looking for poetry in prose.
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George Saunders discusses his new (and first) novel
Lincoln in the Bardo, Donald Trump, and a comprehensive theory of literature. ...more
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In Kris D’Agostino’s second novel, The Antiques, he returns to familiar forms: A dysfunctional family whose members are in various stages of arrested development; a generational home in upstate New York; and the absurdity of life in its most darkly comedic moments. Here, the three grown (yet hardly mature) children of the Westfall family reunite […]
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Tobias Carroll discusses his newest collection
Transitory, the influence of film on his writing, and getting good news at bad times. ...more
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