Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi discusses her new novel, SAVAGE TONGUES.
Tags: Afghanistan, Afghanistan war, Arya Roshanian, Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi, Call Me Zebra, Cathy Caruth, chosen family, colonialism, Elaine Scarry, female friendship, female sexuality, Fra Keeler, friendship, Gustave Flaubert, henry james, Holocaust, identity, intersectionality, Iran-Iraq War, Iraq, Iraq War, James Baldwin, Judith Butler, lebanon, LGBTQ, Literature in the Ashes of History, Marbella, Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, memory, middle east, Notre Dame, palestine, patriarchy, Precarious Life, queer, queer friendship, queerness, Rachel Cusk, Savage Tongues, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, south asian, Southwest Asian, spain, syria, teaching, teaching writing, The Body in Pain, therapist, therapy, Toni Morrison, trauma, virginia woolf
Melissa Broder discusses her new novel, MILK FED.
Tags: 100 Boyfriends, Adult Swim, Ariana Harwicz, Blue Eyes Black Hair, body image, brontez purnell, Cheri, Christine Smallwood, colette, daughters, Die My Love, eileen myles, Enemies a Love Story, Feebleminded, fish soup, food, Forsyth Harmon, Geneen Roth, God, Greg Mania, Harold and Maude, humor, humor writing, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Jewish, jews, jokes, judaism, Justine, los angeles, Margarita Garcia Robayo, Marguerite Duras, Melissa Broder, Michel Houellebecq, Milk Fed, Moderato Cantabile, mothers, mothers and daughters, relationships, religion, Sabbath's Theater, Sex, spirituality, Tarjei Vesaas, The Ice Palace, The Life of the Mind, The Magician of Lublin, The Pure and the Impure, The Ravishing of Lol Stein, vulnerability, Women Food and God, women's bodies, writing humor
A look back at the books we reviewed in 2020!
Tags: A Burning, a history of my brief body, A Lucent Fire, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, Aaron Shurin, adam p. frankel, Adèle Barclay, Alexandria Hall, alicia ezekiel-pipkin, alison van houten, Alissa Hattman, All Its Charms, All the Gay Saints, Amelia Possanza, Amina Cain, Amy Woolard, Andre Bagoo, Andrea Cohen, Andrea Long Chu, andrew mckernan, Anna Wiener, Anthropica, apoorva tadepalli, Aria Aber, Ariel Djanikian, Arielle Greenberg, Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, Barbara Berman, bernadette mayer, Bessie Taliaferro, beyond the sea, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Birthright, Blazons, Boat Burned, bodega, book review, book reviews, Build Yourself A Boat, c.m. mesquita, Camonghne Felix, Candice Wuehle, Carl Phillips, Carley Moore, Carlos Andrés Gómez, Charles Yu, Charlotte Pence, Chelsea Rathburn, Children of the Land, Christine Ma-Kellams, CJ Green, Cleanness, code, cody lee, Costalegre, courtney maum, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Danez Smith, David Biespel, David Hollander, David Meischen, David Wallace-Wells, Death Industrial Complex, Deed, descent, Devon Balwit, diane gottlieb, diane zinna, Dorianne Laux, Drifts, Dunce, e. m. franceschini, E.J. Koh, Edward Derby, Emily Kim, Emily Pérez, Every Day We Get More Illegal, Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces, exciting times, females, Field Music, Fractures, Frances Cha, Frozen Charlotte, garth greenwell, George Abraham, ghost/home, Gillian Neimark, Girl, good boy, Gravity Assist, Gregory Emilio, hannah soyer, Hannah V Warren, harrison hill, Heaven Is All Goodbyes, Heidi Andrea Restrepo, Here All Night, Hilary Leichter, holly m. wendt, Home: New Arabic Poems, Homie, How To Know the Flowers, Hugh Sheehy, I Live in the Country & other dirty poems, Ian MacAllen, If I Had Your Face, Indelicacy, index cards, Interior Chinatown, Irene Cooper, J. David, James Sweeney, Jaswinder Bolina, jefferson lee, Jenn Shapland, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Jeri Theriault, Jesi Buell, jessica fu, Jessica J. Lee, jessica smith, jill lepore, Jill McDonough, jody keisner, John Freeman, john l'heureux, Joseph Goosey, josh vigil, Joumana Altallal, Juan Felipe Herrera, juan luis guzman, Julie Marie Wade, Julie R. Enszer, Justin Wymer, Karen Tei Yamashita, karishma jobanputra, Kasey Jueds, Kate O'Donoghue, Kate Zambreno, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Keegan Lester, Keetje Kuipers, Keishel Williams, Kelly Grace Thomas, kelly weber, Kion You, Kristen Millares Young, Kristina Tate, kyle winkler, Kylie Gellatly, Lauren Russell, Lauren Tivey, Lay Studies, leah gaus, leland cheuk, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Lidia Yuknavitch, Life in a Country Album, Life of the Party, Like a Dark Rabbi, lillian howan, lily arnell, Lima :: Limon, Living Weapon, lizzie skurnick, Lydia Kiesling, M Jaime Zuckerman, Magdalena Zurawski, Maggie Doherty, Mandana Chaffa, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Marguerite Duras, marilyn hacker, Mark O’Connell, Martha Silano, mary gaitskill, Mary Ruefle, Maryann Corbett, matt walker, Maw Shein Win, me & other writing, Megha Majumdar, Melinda Copp, Melissa Faliveno, Michael Angel Martín, Michal Zechariah, Molly Spencer, Monica Sok, Monica Uszerowicz, Moroccan Holiday, Moyra Davey, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Nadia Colburn, naoise dolan, Natalie Diaz, natalie dunn, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Natasha Stagg, Nathalie Handal, Neck of the Woods, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Nicole Stellon O'Donnell, nightingale, Nightshade, No Good Very Bad Asian, no time to spare, Norman Finkelstein, notes from an apocalypse, Obit, Of Color, Olivia Gatwood, Only As the Day Is Long, Paige Lewis, Paisley Rekdal, Patricia Spears jones, Patrick Armstrong, Patsy, Patti Smith, Paul Lynch, philippa snow, Phuong T. Vuong, Porn Carnival, Postcolonial Love Poem, pretty bitches, Quan Barry, Rachel Rabbit White, rachel vorona cote, rebekah taussig, Renaissance Normcore, Richard Powers, Risa Denenberg, robert rosenberger, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, sangamithra iyer, Sansei and Sensibility, sara krolewski, Sarah Haas, Sarah Petersen, Sean Carswell, Sean McCoy, Shy Watson, sitting pretty, sleepovers, sleeveless, Songs of Songs, Space Struck, Steph Cha, Steven Toussaint, Still Life with Mother and Knife, Storage Unit For the Spirit House, Su Hwang, Subduction, Susan de Sola, Sylvie Baumgartel, Taneum Bambrick, temporary, tess michaelson, the all-night sun, The Blue Absolute, the equivalents, The Golden State, the heart is a full-wild beast, The High Shelf, The Inheritance of Haunting, the overstory, The Park, the survivors, The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, The Unhabitable Earth, this america, this is pleasure, Tomboyland, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Too Much, Tucker Coombe, two trees make a forest, Uncanny Valley, Ursula K. Le Guin, Vantage, Verge, Veronica Golos, Victoria Chang, we ride upon sticks, Wesley Sexton, year of the monkey, You Are No Longer in Trouble, Your House Will Pay
Angie Cruz discusses her newest novel, DOMINICANA.
Tags: 1964 World's Fair, 2001: A Space Odyssey, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, ana castillo, Angie Cruz, caribbean, Clarice Lispector, class inequality, coming of age, Cristina Garcia, Dawn Lundy Martin, domestic abuse, domestic violence, dominican, Dominican Republic, Dominicana, Dorothy Allison, dubliners, edwidge danticat, female friendship, friendship, gender inequality, gendered violence, Guayacanes, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, identity, immigrants, immigration, James Baldwin, James Joyce, Julia Alvarez, Kubrick, Latinx, Latinx literature, Let It Rain Coffee, Malcolm X, Marguerite Duras, mothers, mothers and daughters, New York City, NYC, pregnancy, quiara alegria hudes, Sandra Cisneros, Soledad, Terrance Hayes, The Lover, Toni Morrison, Vietnam War, Washington Heights
Alisson Wood shares a reading list to celebrate her debut memoir, BEING LOLITA.
Tags: Alisson Wood, Being Lolita, Bluets, Chasing Lolita, excavation, Graham Vickers, jazz, Leslie Jamison, Lolita, Luster, Maggie Nelson, Marguerite Duras, Meg Wolitzer, Nabokov, Raven Leilani, sarah weinman, Susan Choi, the empathy exams, The Lover, The Real Lolita, The Wife, Toni Morrison, Trust Exercise, vladimir nabokov, wendy ortiz, What to Read When
We fail in sympathy with the world, but we write apart from it. ...more
Tags: autofiction, book review, Dan Gunn, Emma Ramadan, Kierkegaard, Marguerite Duras, me & other writing, Miscarriage, motherhood, New Mexico, Olivia Baes, review, Sarah Haas, zadie smith
Elizabeth Geoghegan discusses her debut story collection, EIGHTBALL.
Tags: caroline gordon, debut colllection, eightball, Elizabeth Geoghegan, Flannery O'Connor, Hemingway, henry james, Jahan Khajavi, Jeannette Montgomery Barron, loss, Lucia Berlin, Marguerite Duras, Mrs. Dalloway, Music, Paul Bowles, photographer, photography, privilege, Rome, Sex, sexuality, short fiction, short stories, story collection, The Garden of Eden, The Lover, The Sheltering Sky, Trastevere, travel, virginia woolf
I sing it to feel the darkness of it. I demand access. ...more
Tags: Blink-182, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Carrie Chappell, Cléo de 5 à 7, Corinne Marchand, feminism, feminist, Film, France, Georges Perec, Godard, Jacques Demy, Jewel, Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, Marguerite Duras, Michel Legrand, Music, new wave, nostalgia, Rhiannon Giddens, Sugar Ray, Truffaut
Sophia Shalmiyev discusses her debut memoir, MOTHER WINTER.
Tags: addiction, alcoholism, autofiction, code switching, daughters, female bodies, feminism, first book, God, hebrew, Jewish, judaism, Marguerite Duras, Marissa Korbel, memoir, Mother Winter, mothers, mothers and daughters, religion, riot grrrl, Russia, sex work, sexual trauma, Sophia Shalmiyev, Soviet Union, superstition, trauma
Allie Rowbottom discusses her debut memoir, JELL-O GIRLS.
Tags: addiction, Adrienne Rich, Allie Rowbottom, Anne Carson, Annie Dillard, audre lorde, bodies, body image, Carole Maso, chronic illness, Claudia Rankine, daughters, eileen myles, epigenetics, Eula Biss, feminism, first book, food, Helene Cixous, illness, intergenerational trauma, Jane Austen, Jeanette Winterson, Jell-O, Jell-O Girls, Katharine Harrison, kathryn harrison, lauren groff, Leslie Jamison, Lidia Yuknavitch, Lucille Clifton, Lucy Grealy, Maggie Nelson, Marguerite Duras, mary gaitskill, Mary Karr, memoir, mental illness, Monet Patrice Thomas, Morgan Parker, mothers, mothers and daughters, patriarchy, privilege, Roxane Gay, sarah manguso, sexual abuse, sexual trauma, The Liars Club, trauma, virginia woolf
I met one of my favorite writers before she ever published a single story. We were classmates vying for our MFAs in Creative Writing from Florida International University and would smile at each other from across the room. She was shy, but never defensive, in workshop and always strove, really made the effort, to answer […]
Tags: albert camus, Anjanette Delgado, Cartagena, Colombian, feminism, feminist, fiction, florida, Giovanni's Room, Havana, immigration, it's not love it's just paris, James Baldwin, Marguerite Duras, MFA, mini interview, mini interview project, modernity, novel, patricia engel, second novels, The Lover, the rumpus, the rumpus mini interview, the stranger, the veins of the ocean, VIDA, women of color, writing
Author Sarah Tomlinson talks about ghostwriting, her father and childhood, the tradition of confessional writing, and her new memoir,
Good Girl. ...more
Tags: Alysia Abbott, Boston Globe, childhood, Courtney Love, critic, criticism, Dani Shapiro, Darin Strauss, daughters, fairyland, family, father-daughter, fathers, fathers and daughters, feminism, ghostwriter, ghostwriting, Half a Life, I'm With the Band, Joan Didion, Joni Mitchell, leigh newman, Marguerite Duras, Mary Karr, memoir, music writing, New York Times bestsellers, Pamela Des Barres, Patti Smith, Sarah Tomlinson, Simon's Rock, Social Media, still points north, sylvia plath, teenagers, The Bell Jar, Tracy O'Neill, trauma, Wayne Lo, women writers, writing, yelp
Like 50 Shades of Grey? Why not try The Lover by Marguerite Duras? Freddie Moore at The Airship offers some suggestions for books you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen reading to go along with your guilty pleasures.
Whether glamorized or pitied, the figure of the alcoholic writer has long been a subject of cultural fascination. Having written a book on the usual suspects—Hemingway, Fitzgerald, et al.—Olivia Laing asks the unfortunately necessary follow-up question: okay, but what about the women? At the Guardian, she explores female writers’s reasons for drinking, as well as society’s tendency to […]
When French novelist and filmmaker Marguerite Duras died on March 3, 1996, she was probably as prepared as any of us can be. Between November, 1994 and August, 1995 she had written a short, 54 page impossible to find book aptly titled That’s All.
Tags: Helene Cixous, Jacque Derrida, Julia Kristeva, Karl Marx, Kathy Acker, Lidia Yuknavitch, Luce Irigaray, Marguerite Duras, Mikhail Bakhtin, simone de beauvoir, slavoj zizek, Sut Jhally, VIDA