In our afternoon reading: interviews with Rawi Hage and Katie Jean Shinkle, Nancy Hightower on holding a reading series, and more.
Katie Jean Shinkle’s stirring novella, Ruination, presents the reader with an iconographical ecosystem of American sorrow. I consider it to be among the most necessary books of our time, for its channeling of contemporary psychic horrors and its candid treatment of potential societal fallout, as it documents the perennial violence stamped on the bodies of women and girls. Their bodies are distended, with dystopian speed, by vegetation and aggressive flowers. Young women exposed to this epidemic are quarantined or otherwise […]
Afternoon Bites: Carmen Maria Machado Interviewed, Sarah Rose Etter Fiction, Poetry and Social Media, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Carmen Maria Machado, fiction by Sarah Rose Etter and Ashton Politanoff, and more.