Posts Tagged: lydia davis

What to Read When You Want to Read Women in Translation

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A list of books written by women, translated by women, and in many instances, both!

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What to Read When You’re a Whiting Award Winner

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The 2018 Whiting Awards winners share books that have inspired them, plus a giveaway!

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The Third Iago Sensibility: A Conversation with Laurie Stone

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Laurie Stone discusses her story collection, My Life as an Animal, writing about death, how the reader doesn’t care about you, and the Third Iago.

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The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #123: Erica Garza

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“[T]here was something really empowering about being honest and open about this part of myself. Somehow, writing helped lessen the shame.”

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A Curious Swarm or Energy: Talking with Rachel B. Glaser

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Rachel B. Glaser discusses her newest poetry collection, HAIRDO, her writing process, and the books and writers that have influenced her.

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Danzy Senna

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Danzy Senna discusses New People, inhabiting her characters without judging them, playing with the reality and surreality of identity, and pushing against traditional story arcs.

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Scripting New Narratives: Mandy Len Catron’s How to Fall in Love with Anyone

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I can’t help but wonder what if, in detangling love stories and our relationships to them, Catron is building yet another narrative—an anti-narrative, perhaps—of love.

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(K)ink: Writing While Deviant: Claire Rudy Foster

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It is about the essential parts of story. The bones. The steel rods and rings. The skin that goes white with tension. Tolerating that kind of discomfort takes practice, yes, but it is exhilarating.

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The Rumpus Interview with Saleem Haddad

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Saleem Haddad discusses his debut novel Guapa, the Orlando shootings, the importance of queer spaces, and Arab literature.

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The Rumpus Interview with Rebecca Schiff

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Rebecca Schiff discusses her debut collection The Bed That Moved, choosing narrators who share similarities with each other and with herself, and whether feminism and fiction-writing conflict.

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The Rumpus Interview with Christopher Boucher

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Novelist Christopher Boucher talks about writing so-called “experimental” fiction, both embracing and denying the metaphor, and apples.

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All About the Essay

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John D’Agata, visionary champion of the essay and master anthologizer, sees the lyric form “partake of the poem in its density and shapeliness, it’s distillation of ideas and musicality of language.” He also sees it as unbound to conventional notions of truth. Writing for Harper’s, Elaine Blair critiques the genre-bending, exploratory practices of writers like David Shields, […]

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Short Revolution

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Great novels also experiment and innovate, but a short story can make a never-before-seen formal leap and then peace out, before you’re even sure what’s happened. At Electric Literature, Rebecca Schiff introduces us to the authors who have revolutionized the short story in recent years.

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Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #22: Classic Novels That Are a Joy to Read

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Sometimes we bypass the classic novels on the way to the rich offering of current literary fiction. Fair enough; there is so much to love in today’s fiction. But once in a while, dust off a classic gem and consider the language, the depth, the metaphorical heft these books carry—along with being engrossing, powerful reads. Reading […]

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The Big Idea: John Freeman

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John Freeman, Executive Editor at Lit Hub, talks with Suzanne Koven about his new print-only literary magazine Freeman’s, the difference between between criticism and editing, and his fear of flying.

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The Rumpus Interview with Joanna Walsh

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Joanna Walsh discusses her story collection, Vertigo, consciousness, artifice, and simultaneity.

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So… Strange

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We know we are very special. Yet we keep trying to find out in what way: not this way, not that way, then what way? Lydia Davis has thirteen new poems at BOMB, and they show what Lydia Davis does best: make the world spin in ways not thought possible within a single sentence. Strangeways here we […]

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Lydia Davis Not a Love Junkie

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Over at Electric Literature, John Freeman shares his experiences working as an editor with Lydia Davis and investigates what makes Davis “such a tremendous writer on love”: Her stories tighten and tighten around the narrator’s assumptions and build a kind of pressure is an effect that illuminates many altered states. Moreover, what Davis was good at […]

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The Rumpus Interview with Lincoln Michel

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Lincoln Michel talks about his debut short story collection, Upright Beasts, his interest in monsters, and what sources of culture outside of literature inspire him.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Imagine a world in the late 21st century: countries are underwater from the rising oceans, Europeans have become refugees, and a mathematical formula has been discovered that explains the entire universe, the applications of which include human flight (sans airplane) and the ability to remove pain and grief. That’s the world Lesley Nneka Arimah has […]

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Lydia Davis: A Prolific Tweeter

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For The Millions, Adam Boffa compares Lydia Davis’s short stories to social media. He argues that Davis’s compressed language, as well as her emphasis on routine and tragedy, works to “recreate a phenomenon that occurs daily on social media”: Davis’s work, and maybe social media at its best, becomes a sort of celebration of the ordinary, the […]

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Notable NYC: 4/25–5/1

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Saturday 4/25: Cassandra Seltman, Ian Hatcher, and Clare Nazarena Tascio celebrate the release of Seltman’s poetry volume Palimpset: Down. Mellow Pages, 7 p.m., free. Ronaldo V. Wilson and Renée Green join the Segue Series. Zinc Bar, 4:30 p.m., $5. Sunday 4/26: CLMP hosts the annual Lit Mag Fair. Discounted literary magazines and some editors will […]

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Think of the most complicated and intriguing people you have ever met. Think of the way it feels to return to those people again and again, each time finding some new facet of truth, beauty, insight, originality. Michael Cunningham’s “White Angel” is a story like one of those people.  First published in the New Yorker […]

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Lydia Davis Can and Does

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Numero Cinq is the brainchild of Douglas Glover, an award-winning writing legend from Canada. Its monthly issues are rolled out one story at a time to “guarantee each author or artist a day in the sun.” May’s issue comes in 17 parts, the first one an interview with Lydia Davis on the publication of her new collection, Can’t and Won’t, and the […]

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