"I was a generic parent grieving a generic child lost to an inexplicable tragedy. Already there were three cliches. I could wage my personal war against each one of them." -Yiyun Li, Where Reasons End, the form of this novel is stunning.
"I would rather write nothing at all than propagandize for the world as is." - The Undying by Anne Boyer. An amazing book.↗
Happy 2020! I left twitter! I really don't like the "like" system. Here's to staying super focused in the new year!
There are so many books I want to read. I am just stacking them up on my nightstand. In the meantime, I continue to reread Reservoir 13 & I am also diving into the very large The Gene: An Intimate History. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a compulsively readable writer.
I have a new story in the current issue of Conjunctions! And now I will not have any new stories out for a while because I am working on my novel.↗
I have a new story in the current issue of Gulf Coast!↗
There is a nice review of my F&SF story "How To Kiss A Hojacki" in Locus. ↗
Reading The Testaments (Margaret Atwood) was so pleasurable and so fun; it was like reading a political Treasure Island. Aunt Lydia becomes so complex, so frighteningly relatable. ↗
The audio from the NYU Rona Jaffe reading is online! I'm reading along with Selena Anderson, Sarah Passino, Nicolette Polek, and Elizabeth Schambelan.↗
I have a new story in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review! It is a fabulous issue with an amazing photographic essay collaboration by Nancy Lord and Irene Owsley.↗
I'm giving a reading 9/13 7:30 p.m. at NYU's Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House with the 5 other Rona Jaffe Writer's Award women.↗
I feel like The Wallcreeper (Nell Zink) and Motherhood (Sheila Heti) are having a fascinating book conversation with each other about a woman's place in the contemporary world. Highly recommended to read them back to back!
I've been selected to receive a 2019 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award!!!↗
The top of Mt. Haystack in the Adirondacks is an excellent and windy place to read The Impostor (by Javier Cercas, translated by Frank Wynne). ↗