alexander chee: how to write an autobiographical novel

The last few months have inadvertently been focused on Asian-American writers and memoirs/creative non-fiction type works — and I have no complaints about that. The latest text is Alexander Chee‘s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel that I had seen highly raved about around the internet. I tend to pick up these hyped books months later […]

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literature and the limits of compassion

A number of the books I have been reading lately have had a great deal of very real (and very current) human suffering at their center. Most recently, I read The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail, which chronicles the true experiences of women who were captured by Daesh and the difficult work that they do to rebuild their […]

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roxane gay: hunger

I had the privilege of seeing Roxane Gay read from her latest book and (wittily) do a little Q & A with the audience. This is the first time I had ever heard her speak or gone to any of her events; although I had seen her work floating around the internet – especially Bad […]

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