First things first: Rion Amilcar Scott’s collection The World Doesn’t Require You is one of 2019’s very best books. It contains an array of stories that run the gamut from academic satire to subtle reckonings with history and folklore. Want boldly conceptual speculative narratives? You’ll find those in there, too. And the thing is, it all comes together brilliantly. Needless to say, I had a couple of questions for him on how this book came together; and lo, he answered them.
In our afternoon reading: Rion Amilcar Scott on great reads, thoughts on books by Walter Benjamin and Marie NDiaye, and more.
In our afternoon reading: news of the National Book Awards, an interview with Samuel R. Delany, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview on the process of translation, fiction from Rion Amilcar Scott, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on a novel by Vasily Grossman, new writing from Brian Gresko, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Nell Zink, thoughts on Salman Rushdie’s new novel, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Patrice Nganang, an interview with Rion Amilcar Scott, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Rion Amilcar Scott’s new book, an interview with Juliet Escoria, and more.