In our morning reading: an interview with Craig Clevenger, new writing by Caroline Hagood, and more.
Weekend Bites: Camille T. Dungy on Poetry, Caroline Hagood’s Playlist, Excerpting Bhanu Kapil, and More
In our weekend reading: interviews with Camille T. Dungy and Olga Ravn, a playlist from Caroline Hagood, and more.
A Manifesto on Women, Witches, and Writing: On Caroline Hagood’s “Weird Girls: Writing the Art Monster”
Caroline Hagood’s Weird Girls blends so much into such a short space of text. The book, or book-length essay, is made up of 90 micro chapters which effortlessly move from literature and mythology to cultural criticism to pop culture to memoir to feminist manifesto. I immediately began recommending this book to my female friends who are writers and artists, particularly those that have children. Hagood is turning things upside down here and rescripting the age-old, cliched narrative of the madwoman in the attic. She’s drawing on her life, her childhood reading and watching, her creative writing, and her literary, cultural criticism backgrounds to create a fluid hybrid form to inspire female creators out of the labyrinths of artistic self-doubt, in order to embrace the art monster inside them. It’s a cool and fearless journey, one which had me writing down titles for future bookstore visits and thinking about new blended ways to approach creative nonfiction writing and cultural criticism.
Welcome to the heart of autumn. This November, if you’re looking for a new book to read you’ll be able to choose from a stylistically vast array of literary works. Hoping for an engaging psychological thriller or a great writer’s unorthodox exploration of a great musician? This month, both have gotten our attention — along with incisive literary commentary, a novel told entirely in verse, and a high-profile zine anthology.