Aura, the new book from Hillary Leftwich, is a lot of things — a mother’s correspondence with her son, a writer’s origin story, and an at times harrowing account of abuse. It maintains the same formal innovation and structural intricacies that characterized Leftwich’s previous book while also offering a candid look back at its author’s life. Leftwich and I conversed about the process of writing Aura and the act of revisiting the personal histories contained within.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Padgett Powell’s essays, an interview with Charlie Jane Anders, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Michael J. Seidlinger and Lustmord, new music from Irreversible Entanglements, and more.
HILLARY LEFTWICH is the author of Ghosts Are Just Strangers Who Know How to Knock (Civil Coping Mechanisms/The Accomplices, 2019), which was voted one of Entropy’s “Best Fiction Books of 2019.” Her next book, Aura, will be published by Future Tense Books in 2022. She currently teaches writing in Denver, Colorado.
In our weekend reading: new writing by Lydia Kiesling, revisiting a J Dilla album, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Blake Butler’s new novel, an interview with Gina Tron, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Sarah Gerard, the Firecracker Award winners, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Corinne Manning and Jenny Zhang, a look at the writings of Hervé Guibert, and more.