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.
Afternoon Bites: “The Milk Bowl of Feathers,” Chaya Bhuvaneswar Interviewed, Jason Molina Remembered, Ryley Walker, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a new surrealist anthology, interviews with Chaya Bhuvaneswar and Natasha Trethewey, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Glory Edim Interviewed, NYC’s Mini Libraries, Laura van den Berg, Knitting Factory Memories, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Glory Edim and Laura van den Berg, how venues shape music, and more.
Afternoon Bites: “Everyday People,” Joseph Grantham Interviewed, Notable Horror Fiction, Dale Bailey, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the new anthology “Everyday People,” revisiting a classic from Talking Heads, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Ling Ma and Mike Sacks, the musical legacy of Nico, and more.
Morning Bites: Jennifer Baker, Samanta Schweblin Fiction, Sharma Shields Recommends Books, Constance Squires, and More
In our morning reading: Jennifer Baker on great short story collections, new fiction by Samanta Schweblin and Troy James Weaver, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Quintan Ana Wikswo Interviewed, Scott Esposito, Kristen N. Arnett on Research, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Quintan Ana Wikswo, thoughts on the writings of Scott Esposito, and more.