“Most of My Work Unsettles Me”: An Interview With Maryse Meijer

Two years ago, the Midwestern book tour I was on with duncan b. barlow concluded on a rainy Chicago night with a reading at Volumes Bookcafe headlined by Maryse Meijer. Hearing Meijer read from her debut collection, Heartbreaker, left me floored; since then, I’ve eagerly read her subsequent books, the novella Northwood and the new collection Rag. Meijer’s fiction is haunting in a host of ways, some of them literal: she brings the reader to the border of the uncanny and primal, while also tapping into something deeply modern and urgent. I spoke with her following the release of her latest book about her short fiction, the role of horror in her work, and titles, among other topics.

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Vol.1 Brooklyn’s December 2017 Book Preview

It’s December, and the year has begun to reach its end. There’s a chill in the air; the streets of the city have grown more quiet, and jackets and scarves can be seen marching down the sidewalks. The year still has some notable books due to be released, however: everything from late works by acclaimed authors to stylistically bold experimental works by new and vital voices. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have […]

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The Zinophile: Where Proust, Casinos, and Maps of Thoughts Converge

A little less than two years ago, I went to the Center for Fiction to see Anne Carson read. The piece she read there was called The Albertine Workout, and it found Carson applying her considerable skill in literary scholarship to the works of Marcel Proust–specifically, the character Albertine in À la recherche du temps perdu. The piece consisted of a series of paragraphs, some very short, some not so much, along with a series of appendices. Besides its inquiry […]

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Afternoon Bites: Anne Carson’s Latest, Literary Hardy Boys, Jerry Stahl Interviewed, and More

“…fragments are, thematically and formally, the atomic unit of Carson’s work. They are also emotionally paradoxical entities—evidence of the inevitable breaking up of things, yet also evidence of those things, proof that once there was a story here.” Kathryn Schulz on Anne Carson’s Red Doc >. Maris Kreizman is profiled in Brooklyn Magazine. Follow the Blood, Sundog Lit’s anthology of work inspired by the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, features work from folks like xTx, Lindsay Hunter, Gabriel Blackwell, Amber Sparks, and Matthew Salesses. […]

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