In our morning reading: an interview with Namwali Serpell, fiction by Peter Christopher, and more.
Afternoon Bites: David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Forough Farrokhzad Revisited, Mary Timony, National Book Awards Recapped, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, thoughts on this year’s National Book Awards, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alisson Wood, Morgan Jerkins Interviewed, Toni Morrison’s Legacy, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Alisson Wood and Aimee Nezhukumatathil, thoughts on Toni Morrison’s legacy, and more.
Afternoon Bites: E.J. Koh’s Memoir, Revisiting Zora Neale Hurston, Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell, Courtney Maum Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on E.J. Koh’s memoir, an interview with Courtney Maum, and more.
Morning Bites: John Coltrane, Maaza Mengiste Interviewed, MRR’s Archive, Sarah Rose Etter, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the music of John Coltrane, an interview with Maaza Mengiste, and more.
Morning Bites: Kira Jane Buxton, Shakespeare Conspiracies, Rachel Hartman, Mimi Lipson Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Kira Jane Buxton and Rachel Hartman, an interview with Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton, and more.
Morning Bites: Yuri Herrera, John Lanchester’s Latest, Avail’s Reunion, and More
In our morning reading: why you should be reading Yuri Herrera, an interview with Mira Jacob, and much more.
“I Wouldn’t Compromise My Vision for What I Perceived This Anthology to Be”: Jennifer Baker on the Making of “Everyday People”
In fourteen dazzling, exquisite, carefully selected stories, including by some of our most famous authors, ranging from Alexander Chee, to Yiyun Li, to Jason Reynolds, the brilliant anthology Everyday People fills a need for diversity while also raising haunting questions. How different would mainstream anthologies, like Best American Short Stories, O’Henry Stories, and others look, if the gatekeepers were consistently people of color, trans, non-binary and other editors from the margins? How different would MFA programs, and in turn, publishing, look? What will the world be like, when all the homogeneity leaves us? In her eloquent and thoughtful discussions about how the stories were selected and what they mean, Jennifer Baker points the way forward for #WeNeedDiverseBooks, in the form of a rigorous intellectual and critical engagement of what makes for a masterfully-told story.