In our morning reading: Kristen Millares Young interviewed Luis Alberto Urrea, Wolf Eyes return, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Octavia E. Butler’s Legacy, Rebecca van Laer Interviewed, Werner Herzog’s Novel, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting Octavia E. Butler’s writings, an interview with V. Castro, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Emily St. John Mandel Interviewed, Stephen Sondheim’s Writing, Allison Wyss on Stories, and More
In our afternoon reading: a conversation with Emily St. John Mandel, thoughts on the craft of flash fiction, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Robert Lopez, thoughts on Kim Fu’s fiction, and more.
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.
Morning Bites: Kristen Millares Young Nonfiction, Dana Spiotta on Fiction, Alex DiFrancesco on Monsters, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Kristen Millares Young, an interview with Dana Spiotta, and more.
Weekend Bites: Lauren Oyler, Hanif Abdurraqib Interviewed, Jeff VanderMeer, Gabriela Garcia’s Latest, 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.