Slipstream may as well be what we call our bewilderment. ...more
Tags: Ali Smith, beloved, book review, Bruce Sterling, doctor who, genre, gravity's rainbow, gunter grass, Helen Oyeyemi, hysterical realism, Ian McEwan, jonathan russell clark, Jonathan Safran Foer, Joseph Campbell, Karen Thompson Walker, Kurt Vonnegut, magical realist, marlon james, maxwell's demon, metafiction, Midnight Children, philip roth, postmodern, review, salman rushdie, sci-fi, science fiction, Slaughterhouse Five, Slipstream, Stephen King, steven hall, Téa Obreht, The Comfort of Strangers, The Counterlife, the Crying of Lot 49, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Langoliers, The Raw Shark Texts, The Tin Drum, Thomas Pynchon, Tom McCarthy, Toni Morrison
Jen Fawkes shares a reading list to celebrate TALES THE DEVIL TOLD ME.
Tags: angela carter, Boy Snow Bird, Destroyer, Gregory Maguire, Helen Oyeyemi, his dark materials, Italian Folktales, Italo Calvino, Jean Rhys, Jen Fawkes, Karen Tei Yamashita, Lavinia, Michael Cunningham, phillip pullman, Samuel R. Delany, Sansei and Sensibility, Sharma Shields, Tales the Devil Told Me, The Cassandra, The Einstein Intersection, The Hours, Ursula K. Le Guin, Victor LaValle, What to Read When, wicked, wide sargasso sea, Wise Children
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Adrienne Su, Adrienne Westenfeld, Ae Hee Lee, Alan Chazaro, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, alison bechdel, Amy Freeman, Anakana Schofield, Angela Mi Young Hur, Anjali Enjeti, Arianna Rebolini, Ashley C. Ford, Athena Kildegaard, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Beth Kissileff, Brenda Gazzar, Carl Phillips, Carlos Osoria, Catherine Chung, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, Chanel Miller, Cheryl Strayed, Chloe Yelena Miller, Christopher Beha, Clare Rossini, CM Burroughs, Crystal Williams, Dan Chiasson, Dan Lau, danilo machado, Dante Micheaux, David Baker, Dimitri Reyes, Donika Kelly, Douglas Kearney, E.J. Koh, Edward Gunawan, edward hirsch, Elin Hilderbrand, Elisa Gabbert, Elissa Washuta, Emily Banks, Emily Mohn-Slate, Erika Meitner, Fiona Mozley, Forrest Gander, Francisco Aragón, Georgia Clark, Gina Nutt, Heid E. Erdrich, Helen Oyeyemi, Hoa Nguyen, Jarvis R. Givens, Jasmine Gibson, Jenn Givhan, Jenn Shapland, jhumpa lahiri, Joan Silber, Joe Wilkins, Johanna Fateman, John Sandford, Joshua Beckman, Kachina Yeager, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kathryn Savage, Kazim Ali, kelly link, Kerrin McCadden, Kiese Laymon, Kirsten Kaschock, Kristen Millares Young, Larry Millett, Laura Stott, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Lillian Giles, Lilly Dancyger, Lisa Jarnot j, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Shipstead, Marcos Gonsalez, Margaret Hasse, Margot Livesey, Maria Burns Ortiz, Mark Doty, Mary Jo Bang, Mazie Hirono, Meg Leonard, Meg Wolitzer, Megha Majumdar, Melissa Febos, Melissa Scholes Young, Michelle Bowdler, Michelle Zauner, Min Jin Lee, Nikita Lalwani, Notable Online, Olivia Laing, Paolina Milana, Peter Dimock, peter ho davies, Piotr Florczyk, Rainesford Stauffer, Rand Richards Cooper, Randa Jarrar, Rivers Solomon, Roxane Gay, Sarah Gailey, Sarah Rose Etter, Seamus McGraw, Sharon Olds, Steph Cha, Suzanne Koven, T Kira Mahealani Madden, Tarfia Faizullah, Tarshia Stanely, Teri Cross Davis, tessa hadley, Thalia Field, Theresa Warburton, Tiffany Melanson, Tina Cane, Virginia Prescott, Wayne Miller, Wesley Brown, Yona Harvey, Yusef Komunyakaa, Zachary Schomburg
Literary events taking place virtually this week!
Tags: Alice McDermott, Andre Dubus III, Andrew Ridker, Angela Ledgerwood, Brad Richard, Brandon Taylor, C Pam Zhang, C. Morgan Babst, Cat Marnell, Claire Thomas, Clemantine Wamariya, Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, Darrin Doyle, Derrick Austin, Diana Whitney, edward hirsch, Emily Raboteau, Emma Straub, Erik Hoel, Franz Nicolay, Gabrielle Bluestone, Gina Frangello, Gina Nutt, Grace Lau, Hari Kunzru, Helen Oyeyemi, Howie Klein, James J. Siegel, Jeff VanderMeer, Jennifer Ballengee, Jennifer Franklin, joanna rakoff, Joseph Ross, Julia Alvarez, K.M. Szpara, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Kate Flannery, Kate Lebo, Kathleen Ossip, Katie Booth, Kevin Kwan, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Laura Lindstedt, Leah McSweeney, Leslie Contreras Schwartz, Leslie Jamison, Lisa Ko, Lydia Millet, Makenna Goodman, Margaree Little, Margaret Randall, Mariko Kitakubo, Martha King, Mateo Askaripour, Matthew Lippman, Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Melissa Febos, Miguel Murphy, Morgan Jerkins, Nadia Hashimi, Notable Online, Peter Filkins, philip lopate, Phoebe Robinson, Rachel Kushner, Rosie Schaap, Saeed Jones, Sam J. Miller, Sandi Tan, Sanjena Sathian, Sara Gran, Sari Botton, Saumya Dave, Spencer Reece, Stephanie Burt, Steven Dunn, Tamiko Beyer, Victoria Chang, Vijay Seshadri, Will Alexander, Willy Vlautin, Zeno Robinson, zz packer
Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto share a reading list to celebrate TINY NIGHTMARES.
Tags: Ahmed Saadawi, Amatka, Anna Summers, Carolina Sanín, Deborah Smith, Fever Dream, Flann O’Brien, Frankenstein in Baghdad, Han Kang, Helen Oyeyemi, Human Acts, Jonathan Wright, Karin Tidbeck, keith gessen, Lincoln Michel, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Megan MacDowell, Mexican Gothic, nadxieli nieto, Nick Caistor, revenge, Samanta Schweblin, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Stephen Snyder, The Children, The Third Policeman, There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby, Tiny Nightmares, Tiny Nightmares: Very Short Tales of Horror, What to Read When, White Is for Witching, Yoko Ogawa
But this is We Ride Upon Sticks : someone’s perm falls out, someone becomes prom queen. ...more
Tags: 1980s, 80s, andrew mckernan, bildungsroman, book review, Brat Pack, collective memory, coven, Emilio Estevez, field hockey, foreshadowing, Gen Z, Heathers, Helen Oyeyemi, high school, LGBTQ, Molly Ringwald, New Hampshire, omniscient narrators, Quan Barry, queer, review, salem, Salem witch trials, sports, stereotypes, team sport, teenage girls, teenagers, tropes, we ride upon sticks, witchcraft, witches
Chloe N. Clark discusses her debut story collection, COLLECTIVE GRAVITIES.
Tags: Chloe N. Clark, Cotton Xenomorph, debut collection, folklore, Gingerbread, Helen Oyeyemi, hope, horror, iowa, Kate Finegan, landscape, memories, memory, Midwest, outer space, poetry, research, science, science fiction, short fiction, short stories, story collection, taste, The Science of Unvanishing Objects, word west, Your Strange Fortune
Peg Alford Pursell shares a reading list to celebrate her new story collection, A GIRL GOES INTO THE FOREST.
Tags: A Girl Goes into the Forest, Akwaeke Emezi, Awayland, Aysegül Savas, Boy Snow Bird, Elizabeth Tallent, Eula Biss, Freshwater, Helen Oyeyemi, jane alison, Late in the Day, Look How Happy I’m Making You, Mary Robison, Meander Spiral Explode, Mendocino Fire, Mother Winter, Peg Alford Pursell, Polly Rosenwaike, Ramona Ausubel, Sophia Shalmiyev, tessa hadley, the balloonists, The Years, virginia woolf, Walking on the Ceiling, What to Read When, Why Did I Ever
Rumpus editors share a Mother’s Day reading list to challenge traditional views of motherhood!
Tags: A Life's Work, A River of Stars, Ada Limon, Adrienne Rich, After Birth, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, alison bechdel, All You Can Ever Know, Ararat, Are You My Mother, Barbara Almond, Blackacre, Boy Snow Bird, Camille Dungy, Catherine Wagner, Chelsea Rathburn, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, China Martens, Dani McClain, Dear Ijeawele, Dept. of Speculation, elena ferrante, Elisa Albert, Emily Rapp, Everything Is Flammable, Gabrielle Bell, Gabrielle Oliveira, gender inequality, gender roles, Good Bones, Guidebook to Relative Strangers, Helen Oyeyemi, Irina Reyn, James McBride, Jennifer Givhan, Jenny Offill, Jodie Patterson, Landscape with Headless Mama, Linda Gray Sexton, Lita Judge, Louise Glück, Lydia Kiesling, Maggie Nelson, Maggie Smith, Mai’a Williams, Maria Dahvana Headley, Mary's Monster, Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom, Monica Youn, Mother Country, Mother Winter, Mother's Day, motherhood, Motherhood So White, mothering, mothers, Nefertiti Austin, Nicole Chung, Not for Mothers Only, Of Woman Born, Rachel Cusk, Rachel Zucker, reading list, reading recommendations, Rebecca Wolff, Revolutionary Mothering, Rumaan Alam, Searching for Mercy Street, Secret Daughter, Shara Lessley, Sheila Heti, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, Sophia Shalmiyev, Still Life with Mother and Knife, That Kind of Mother, The Argonauts, The Bold World, The Carrying, The Color of Water, The Days of Abandonment, The Explosive Expert's Wife, The Golden State, The Mere Wife, The Monster Within, The Still Point of the Turning World, vanessa hua, We Live for the We, What to Read When
Literary events in and around Portland this week!
Tags: Deborah Woodard, Helen Oyeyemi, Jac Nelson, Jennifer Perrine, Jess Arndt, John Dooley, Judith Barrington, Judith H. Montgomery, Kate Hope Day, kerry cohen, Leanne Grabel, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lindsey Lee Johnson, Manuel Arturo Abreu, Notable Portland, Pamela Santos, Portland, Reema Zaman, Samantha Giles, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Whitney Scharer
Literary events in and around the Bay Area this week!
Tags: Aditi Machado, Aggie Falk-Hirschman, Alejandro Murgia, Ashton Applewhite, Bahaar Ahsan, Bay Area, brontez purnell, Dean Rader, Devorah Major, Esmé Weijun Wang, Ginny Lim, Helen Oyeyemi, Jack Hirschman, Jacob Tobia, Janice Mirikatani, Keenan Norris, Kim Shuck, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Leena Joshi, Linda Noel, Lydia Kiesling, Mark Doten, Matthew O. Jackson, Mesha Maren, Notable San Francisco, Notable SF, Paul Beatty, Richard Chiem, Salvatore Scibona, San Francisco, Sarah Rose Etter, Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, Sophia Shalmiyev, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Susan Hayden, Tim Fitts, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Tracy Winn, William Armaline
Literary events in and around NYC this week!
Tags: Amina Cain, André Holland, Andrea Rothman, Asali Solomon, Asja Bakic, Bernard Ferguson, Boris Fishman, Briallen Hopper, Britt Canty, Caritas Young, Chelsea Fonden, Chelsea Hodson, Cheryl Savageau, Darius James, David Thomson, deb olin unferth, Diane Mehta, Eden Arielle Gordon, edwin frank, Elisabet Velasquez, Erica Hunt, Erika Swyler, Eva Hagberg Fisher, Fred Ritchin, Grayson Dantzic, Hala Alyan, Halle Butler, hampton fancher, Hannah Schneider, Helen Oyeyemi, Henry Stewart, Jane LeCroy, Javier Zamora, Júlia Pontés, JC Hopkins, Jennifer Zoble, jessica smith, Jodie Patterson, John Lanchester, Jonas Kyle, Joseph Osmundson, joyce johnson, Karen Hueler, Kate Dwyer, Ketih Gessen, Kiese Laymon, Lauren Wilkinson, Lee Matthew Goldberg, Lili Anolik, Lis Taddeo, Lisa See, Lori Anderson Moseman, Lucy Corin, Mallory O’Meara, Marcus Jade, Maria Hadji, Maria Headley, Maria Howe, Mark Conway, Mary-Beth Hughes, Melissa Febos, Michael A. Gonzales, MJ Franklin, Molly Tolsky, Morgan Parker, Mychal Denzel Smith, New York City, Nick Flynn, Nicole Peyrafitte, notable new york, Notable New York City, Park McArthur, Precious Okoyomon, Prya Jain, r. erica doyle, Rachel Lyon, renee gladman, Richard Chiem, Rogan Kelly, sam lipsyte, Sam Ross, Sarah McColl, Ser Serpas, T.A. Stanley, Téa Obreht, Tim Duffy, Troels Steenholdt Heiredal, Vanisha-Arleen Gould, Weike Wang
Rumpus editors share for their favorite writing that speaks to black history past, present, and future.
Tags: 1919, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, A Lucky Man, An Untamed State, Anagnorisis, Angie Thomas, Bestiary, Black History Month, Black Leopard Red Wolf, Blood Dazzler, bryan washington, Claudia Rankine, Colson Whitehead, DaMaris Hill, De'Shawn C. Winslow, Donika Kelly, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Eve Ewing, Ever Is a Long Time, Exiles of Eden, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, Gingerbread, Go Ahead in the Rain, Hanif Abdurraqib, Heavy: An American Memoir, Helen Oyeyemi, Homegoing, How to Sit, Ibram X. Kendi, In West Mills, Jacinda Townsend, Jamel Brinkley, Jericho Brown, Jesmyn Ward, Keith S. Wilson, Kendra Allen, Kiese Laymon, Kimberlé Crenshaw, kyle dargan, Ladan Osman, Lot: Stories, Magical Negro, marlon james, Mat Johnson, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Morgan Parker, Mourner's Bench, Nabila Lovelace, Namwali Serpell, Nicole Dennis-Benn, On Intersectionality, On the Come Up, Patricia Smith, Patsy, Pym, Rion Amilcar Scott, Roxane Gay, Saint Monkey, Sanderia Faye, Sing Unburied Sing, Sons of Achilles, Stamped from the Beginning, Terrance Hayes, The Fire This Time, The Old Drift, The Tradition, The Underground Railroad, The White Card, The World Doesn't Require You, To Float In the Space Between, Tyrese Coleman, W. Ralph Eubanks, We Cast a Shadow, What to Read When, When You Learn the Alphabet, Yaa Gyasi, zz packer
Feet dangle in the foreground, suspended in space by distance and gravity. ...more
Tags: Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, depression, family, Film, gender roles, gender stereotypes, grandmother, Helen Oyeyemi, Hereditary, Hillary Clinton, horror, horror films, intergenerational trauma, It Follows, Mental Health, mental illness, misogyny, mothers, mothers and sons, Nicholas Russell, Paranormal Activity 2, Rosemary's Baby, suicide, Supernatural, Suspiria, The Babadook, The Witch, White Is for Witching, witch hunt, witches
A list of books releasing in the first half of 2019 that we can’t wait to read!
Tags: 1919, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, amy feltman, Bangkok Wakes to Rain, Black Leopard Red Wolf, bryan washington, Catherine Chung, Chia-Chia Lin, DaMaris Hill, David Biespiel, David Treuer, De'Shawn C. Winslow, Deaf Republic, Dealing in Dreams, Deep Creek, Dorianne Laux, Erika Swyler, Eva Hagberg Fisher, Eve Ewing, Fatima Asghar, Franny Choi, Gingerbread, Go Ahead in the Rain, Hala Alyan, Halal If You Hear Me, Hanif Abdurraqib, Helen Oyeyemi, How to Be Loved, I Am Yours, If Then, Ilya Kaminsky, In West Mills, Jayson Greene, Jennifer Pastiloff, Jericho Brown, Juliet Grames, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Karen Russell, Kate Hope Day, Light from Other Stars, Lilliam Rivera, Lima :: Limon, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, Lost Children Archive, Lot, Magical Negro, marlon james, Maylis de Kerangal, Melissa Rivero, Michele Filgate, Miraculum, Miriam Toews, Morgan Parker, Mother Winter, Naamah, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Ocean Vuong, On Being Human, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Once More We Saw Stars, Only As the Day Is Long, Orange World and Other Stories, Pam Houston, Patsy, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Reema Zaman, Republic Café, Sabrina & Corina, Safia Elhillo, Sam Taylor, Sarah Blake, Soft Science, Sophia Shalmiyev, Steph Post, T Kira Madden, The Affairs of the Falcóns, The Collected Schizophrenias, The Cook, The Crazy Bunch, The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna, The Source of Self-Regard, The Tenth Muse, The Tradition, The Twenty-Ninth Year, The Unpassing, Toni Morrison, Valeria Luiselli, What My Mother and I Don't Talk About, What to Read When, Willa & Hesper, Willie Perdomo, Women Talking
The 2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize winners share books that have inspired them!
Tags: A House For Mr. Biswas, Alex Terrell, Ava Tomasula y Garcia, Celeste Mohammed, Charles Yu, cristina fries, Debra Magpie Earling, diane cook, Drew McCutchen, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Elinam Agbo, Ernie Wang, Grayson Morley, he Dream Life of Balso Snell, Helen Oyeyemi, Holly Black, Karen Tei Yamashita, Lauren Friedlander, Lin King, man v. nature, Mariana Enriquez, Maud Streep, Megan Hunter, Megan Tucker, Memories: From Moscow to the Black Sea, nathanael west, PEN, PEN America Best Debut Short Stories, Perma Red, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, Sorry Please Thank You, Teffi, The End We Start From, Things We Lost in the Fire, Through the Arc of the Rain Forest, Tithe, V.S. Naipaul, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, What to Read When, zz packer
Renee Simms discusses her debut collection,
Meet Behind Mars, leaving law to become a writer, and writing through major life changes. ...more
Tags: adoption, Amina Gautier, Arizona State University, At-Risk, black women, Chinelo Okparanta, community, danielle evans, debut collection, Deesha Philyaw, Desiree Cooper, Difficult Women, edwidge danticat, first book, Happiness Like Water, Helen Oyeyemi, humor, Kathleen Collins, Know the Mother, Krik? Krak!, lawyer, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Meet Behind Mars, MFA, motherhood, mothers, Now We Will Be Happy, Racism, Renee Simms, Selena Anderson, sexism, short fiction, short stories, teaching, teaching writing, The Loss of All Lost Things, University of Puget Sound, Venita Blackburn, Visible: Women Writers of Color, VONA, Wayne State University Press, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, Whatever Happened to Interracial Love, zz packer
Carmen Maria Machado discusses
Her Body and Other Parties, riffing off the work of others, and how writing is like solving a math problem. ...more
Tags: Alvin Schwartz, carmen maria machado, Deesha Philyaw, fatness, francine prose, gender, george saunders, Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, House in Indiana, In a Dark Dark Room, kelly link, Latina, Law and Order: SVU, plagiarism, Racism, rape, Rape culture, Sadia Shepard, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, sexual violence, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, Social Media, speculative fiction, The Husband Stitch, Thomas Bernhard, twitter, urban legends, Visible: Women Writers of Color, Woodcutters
Rumpus editors share their favorite winter reads.
Tags: 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Alfred Lansing, Animals Strike Curious Poses, Anna Karenina, Boy Snow Bird, C.S. Lewis, Chase Twichell, Chronicles of Narnia, Cynthia Barnett, Donna Tartt, Eleanor Catton, Elena Passarello, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, Eowyn Ivey, Eva Saulitis, Helen Oyeyemi, Hyperboreal, in cold blood, James Meek, Jensen Beach, Joan Naviyuk Kane, John McPhee, Juliana Spahr, Katharine Coles, Katy Didden, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Many Ways To Say It, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mat Johnson, Oranges, Overwinter, Pym, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Ratika Kapur, reading recommendations, Rene Denfeld, Swallowed by the Cold, That Winter the Wolf Came, The Big Bang Symphony: A Novel of Antarctica, The Child Finder, The Earth is Not Flat, The Glacier's Wake, The Left Hand of Darkness, the Luminaries, The People's Act of Love, The Secret History, The Snow Child, The Snow Watcher, tolstoy, Truman Capote, Ursula K. Le Guin, What to Read When
Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection,
Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she’s always wanted to read. ...more
Tags: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Achy Obejas, Anne Rivers Siddons, Bennett Sims, bisexuality, Book Club, Carmen Marie Machado, ethan nosowsky, Get Out, graywolf, Helen Oyeyemi, Her Body and Other Parties, horror, horror movies, It Follows, Jennifer Egan, Jenny Zhang, joyce carol oates, Law and Order: SVU, Lesley Nneka Arimah, LGBTQ, Lindy West, Manhattan Beach, Marisa Siegel, memoir, Nathan Ballingrud, queer, REC, residency, Rumpus Book Club, Shirley Jackson, short fiction, short stories, Shrill, Sofia Samatar, Sour Heart, tender, The Day We Got Drunk on Cake, The Descent, The Others, The Tower of the Antilles, The Witch, What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, White Dialogues, William Trevor, Yoko Ogawa
Clare Beams on
We Show What We Have Learned and the “living strangeness” of short fiction. ...more
Tags: A Rumpus Interview, Aimee Bender, angela carter, Chronicles of Narnia, Clare Beams, fabulism, feminism, feminist, Helen Oyeyemi, kelly link, little women, Lois Lowry, Maggie Cooper, Newtown, short fiction, short stories, story collections, teachers, teachers and students, teaching, The World According to Garp, We Show What We Have Learned
Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Ilana Teitelbaum writes a glowing review of Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, praising Oyeyemi’s singular voice. Teitelbaum writes: “The dazzle of Oyeyemi’s technique fully engages the reader’s mind; the heart is undisturbed. … Oyeyemi’s infinitely nested stories seem an end […]
Most of the rest of the stories in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours are linked, with major characters in one story later turning up as minor characters in another. This loose, multiracial, polymorphously perverse, generation-spanning cast lives mostly in present-day England, but they have roots elsewhere. Anton grew up in “a country that’s not even sure […]
Manuel Gonzales talks about his new novel,
The Regional Office is Under Attack!, transitioning from nonprofit work to teaching, and how to zig when a trope wants you to zag. ...more
Tags: 10 Things I Hate About You, 826 Valencia, Alias, Alistair MacLeod, Austin, Austin Bat Cave, Blade Runner, Books, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charlie's Angels, Columbia, Comic Book Guy, daniel alarcon, Deadpool, Die Hard, dollhouse, EMily St John Mandel, Ernest Cline, fiction, genre, graduate school, Graham Oliver, Heath Ledger, Helen Oyeyemi, high school, Interviews, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joss Whedon, Junot Diaz, Kentucky, Kill Bill, Manuel Gonzales, marlon james, Mean Girls, MFA, nonprofit, novels, poverty, quentin tarantino, Ready Player One, Riverhead Books, science fiction, Station Eleven, teaching, teaching writing, Texas, The Black Hole, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Godfather, The Karate Kid, The Miniature Wife, The Regional Office is Under Attack!, The Simpsons, tropes, University of Kentucky, writing, YA Literature
Author Laura van den Berg has glowing words about Helen Oyeyemi’s short story collection, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. In her New York Times book review, van den Berg writes: “A collection is, by my lights, a chance to build a universe, an overarching ecosystem… Oyeyemi has created a universe that dazzles and […]
She’s black, but not local, this new colleague who wears her boots and jeans and scarf with a bohemian aplomb that causes the others to ask her where she shops. “Oh, you know, thrift stores,” she says with a chuckle. George at the desk next to yours says “Charity shops?” and the newcomer says “Yeah, […]
For a black woman in a white world, a conversation with the self is crucial: for when she walks through that often-unwelcoming world she is subjected to confining perceptions of who she might be. When that world insists on racist and narrow paradigms, the diary gives these women a chance to scratch out and rewrite […]
Rewriting the classics has become a stale and risk-averse strategy. But that shouldn’t spoil the fun of our larger culture of remixing.
Tags: A Theory of Adaptation, A Thousand Acres, Anne Tyler, as I lay dying, At the Mountains of Madness, Awake, Boy Snow Bird, Chinatown, Dickens, Double Take, E.L. James, ekphrasis, Elizabeth Graver, Faulkner, Finders Keepers, gillian flynn, Gotham, Graham Swift, Great Expectations, H.P. Lovecraft, Helen Oyeyemi, Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Inherent Vice, J.M. Tyree, James Wood, Jane Eyre, Jane Smiley, Jeanette Winterson, Johan Grimonprez, jonathan franzen, Jorge Luis Borges, Kate Chopin, Kill Bill, Last Orders, Linda Hutcheon, Liquid Swords, Mad Max: Fury Road, Madeleine Is Sleeping, Margaret Atwood, Michael Cunningham, Michael McGriff, Mr. Fox, Mumford and Sons, Our Secret Life in the Movies, Patricia Park, purity, pynchon, quentin tarantino, Ralph Waldo Emerson, raymond chandler, Re Jane, Rihanna, Robert Altman, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Shakespeare, specimen days, Stephen King, The Awakening, The Big Lebowski, The Big Sleep, The Birds, The Gold Bug Variations, The Hours, The Long Goodbye, Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance, Tom McCarthy
Writing for The New Inquiry, Hannah Black explores race in Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird and the relationship of white, black, and mixed racial identities in modern western culture. Similarly, race-authenticity does not spring up from the mere fact of certain physical features—it has to be mined from others. Mixed-race identities are fissured only in […]
Anita Felicelli reviews BOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi today in The Rumpus Book Reviews.