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Ursula K. Le Guin’s No Time to Spare

When Ursula K. Le Guin died earlier this year, some obituaries referred to her as a “leading fantasy” writer, but some were smart enough to simply call her what she was: one of our greatest writers.

Roxane Gay’s Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Not That Bad compiles twenty-nine essays by authors all across the gender and sexuality spectrum who share their own encounters with sexual violence. In almost every one, the writer struggles to come to terms with the fact that what happened to them was, indeed, that bad.

Julián Herbert’s Tomb Song

At the hospital bedside of his dying mother, Julián Herbert, the narrator of Tomb Song, oscillates between memories of his youth in Mexico and musings on his mother’s decline.

Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion

Much has already been written about Meg Wolitzer’s lengthy new novel The Female Persuasion, calling it everything from the “Great American Novel” in the New Yorker to retro elitist white middle-class feminism. I would argue that this novel is neither of those but exhibits both elements of genius and significant limitations for a twenty-first century feminist novel.

Dorothy Parker with a Ph.D.

Not only does Dubravka Ugresic’s novel appear in translation; you could say it’s about translation. The latest from a busy, brainy Croatian—her 14th book, half of them fiction—Fox consists primarily of worrying at various texts, though not all of them are literary.

In Conversation

with Peter Markus

I remember the first time I bought Brian Evenson’s first book, Altmann’s Tongue. I say first time because it’s one of those books that I’ve bought multiple times since, to give out as gifts, to press into the hands of other writers.

In Conversation

with Pirooz Kalayeh

Tony Leuzzi’s Meditation Archipelago is an exploration into constraints, process, and memory that evokes the imagination with its super-wide-reframing of life’s in-between moments, where a constraint, haiku, or emotion can transform into improvisation, humor, or the impossible.

A Suspended G(l)aze: On Errancy & Arrivals in Camp Marmalade

What is the line between distraction and concentration, and where does each converge?

Michelle Reale’s The Indispensable Academic Librarian

This slim volume confronts what the author identifies as a fundamental issue in academic librarianship—the perception that librarians are not teachers.

Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel: Essays

In his essays, Chee writes about topics as varied as his hardships growing up as a Korean American, his sexuality, his activism for AIDS legislation in the late 1980s, the death of his father, the writing life, and more.

In Conversation

with Eric Farwell

I first encountered Leslie Jamison’s writing when I was getting sober. I was twenty four and threw myself into the demanding work of my MA program in order to stave off any lapses in my ability to be in control of my life.

In Conversation

Moveable Feast:
with Frank Pizzoli

A girlfriend once told Duncan Hannah he slept with a smile on his face. That smile is still there.


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2018

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