Zakiya Dalila Harris discusses her debut novel, THE OTHER BLACK GIRL.
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Jean Kyoung Frazier discusses her debut novel, PIZZA GIRL.
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Erin Belieu discusses her new collection, COME-HITHER HONEYCOMB.
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Theodore Wheeler discusses his new novel, IN OUR OTHER LIVES.
Tags: 9/11, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Anna Seghers, Bad Faith, Conor Oberst, Edward Snowden, historical fiction, In Our Other Lives, Internet, Jenny Lewis, Kings of Broken Things, Maria Taylor, marriage, Midwest, Midwestern, Nebraska, NSA, Omaha, patrick modiano, perspective, point of view, Ryan Borchers, saddle creek, September 11, September 11th, Simon Joyner, Speculations about Jakob, spying, state surveillance, Stephanie Delman, surveillance, Theodore Wheeler, Tillie Olsen, Tim Kasher, Uwe Johnson, willa cather
Rachel Genn discusses her new novel, WHAT YOU COULD HAVE WON.
Tags: addiction, Amy Winehouse, And Other Stories, Dries Van Noten, drugs, hilary mantel, Jo Varnish, kafka, Mat Treiber, Max Brod, music industry, musicians, neuroscience, Paul Celan, perspective, point of view, power dynamics, psychiatrist, psychiatry, Rachel Genn, rehab, relationships, satire, science, social satire, the cure, the sopranos, tony soprano, Ursula K. Le Guin, What You Could Have Won
Brit Bennett discusses her second novel, THE VANISHING HALF.
Tags: A Clergyman's Daughter, american south, André 3000, bodies, Brit Bennett, California, colonialism, colorism, COVID-19, daughters, Deep South, Greg Mania, identity, Jia Tolentino, los angeles, Louisiana, mothers and daughters, OutKast, pandemic, passing, patriarchy, perspective, privilege, Quarantine, racial inequality, Racism, Riverhead Books, segregation, shame, siblings, The Mothers, The Vanishing Half, trans, Twins, UCLA, White Supremacy
Tope Folarin discusses his debut novel, A PARTICULAR KIND OF BLACK MAN.
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Erin Pringle discusses her debut novel, HEZADA! I MISS YOU.
Tags: Austin, Awst Press, circus, class inequality, death, debut novel, Erin Pringle, grief, Hezada! I Miss You, LGBTQ, loss, Marsha Norman, mental illness, Midwest, money, motherhood, perspective, point of view, queer, queerness, rural, rural America, rural life, Sex, Sex Scenes, Shannon Perri, siblings, sisters, suicide, T Kira Madden, tatiana ryckman, therapy, Wendy Walker, women, writing sex
Sam Farahmand discusses his debut novel, CHIMERO.
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Our American obsession with the personal and individual has made us the tremendous resource consumers we are in the world. ...more
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My day job is driving on the ride sharing platform, Lyft. Several years ago, I retired from teaching school to devote myself to writing and painting and lived off savings until I couldn’t. Four years ago, I started driving Lyft so I wouldn’t have to take a straight job and could focus on my creative […]
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Writer and academic Lauren Elkin discusses her latest book
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London, the freedoms and constraints of urban space for women, and the power of first person. ...more
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Naomi Jackson discusses her debut novel,
The Star Side of Bird Hill, how she approached writing about mental illness and its affects on a family, and choosing to to tell a story from multiple perspectives. ...more
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Carolyn Parkhurst discusses her latest book,
Harmony, writing about your personal life and family in fiction, and her fascination with cults. ...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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Summer works like this. Every day small moments cycle like waves within tides, eroding our opportunities on a geological scale invisible from our point of immersion. ...more
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Perspective is a fickle beast, and memory is an unreliable traveling companion through the years. ...more
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The most powerful imaginings of science fiction aren’t the technological devices. Insert Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind reference here. Despite the Internet, Millenials are out-reading you. You should feel ashamed. The difficulty of online conversations. The science of studying existential risk. The proliferation of cameras and the shifting of perspective.
One fall morning, we rose before dawn and drove bleary-eyed with my friend’s father down still-silent streets to a field where, in the company of other enthusiasts, we hitched a patchwork vinyl blanket to a basket, turned on the heat, and set sail. I think. ...more