How to Break Even
by Kristen Millares Young
I lost my best friend a few years ago.
It was unexpected.
I know what you’re thinking.
No, she didn’t die, but our friendship did.
I thought we would become old in each other’s company.
We used to talk about it.
In our morning reading: new writing by Kristen Millares Young, an interview with Dana Spiotta, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on Lauren Oyler’s new novel, interviews with Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.
Claudia, the protagonist of Kristen Millares Young‘s debut novel Subduction, is in a complicated place when the book opens. Her marriage has fallen apart, and she’s en route to conduct ethically fraught anthropological work in the Makah Nation. What follows is a haunting work about intimacy, tradition, and trust — and a thoroughly lived-in portrait of a place and a community. I talked with Young about the novel’s origin, its evolution, and how her own work echoed that of her protagonist.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kristen Millares Young’s new novel, the world of beer koozies, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kristen Millares Young’s new novel, an interview with Adam Wilson, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with N.K. Jemisin and Kristen Millares Young, new writing by Megan Giddings, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Kristen Millares Young and Miranda Popkey, a new record en route from Juan Wauters, and more.