Writing While Biracial

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Leila Chatti’s poems subvert the expectation that she, as a Tunisian American writer, write as "just" Tunisian or "just" American—or just as the Tunisian American writer for whom mixed identity itself is the chief subject and source of conflict in her work.

The Case for Revolutionary Love

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Valarie Kaur’s vision for change gathers up opponents into a story, refiguring them as members of one human family.

We Play Ourselves by Jen Silverman

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Silverman’s debut novel is not only a story about how all-consuming artistic ambition can be, but also a poignant portrait of how much an artist can learn to love her work.

Fear and Selfishness in The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

In Mariana Enriquez’s most recently translated story collection, people are afraid: afraid of poverty, afraid of solitude, afraid of confronting the grotesqueness of their own mistakes. One of the strings binding the collection is that again and again fear pushes the characters into committing craven acts of selfishness.

Long Poems, Long Sentences

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After almost fifty years of his poetry, Muldoon has prepared his readers for a journey not through our own predictable circles—these syntactical maps rule out one’s own choice between right or left—but to arrive somewhere comfortably unexpected.

“I really try to let the characters speak for themselves”: An Interview with Brandon Hobson

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Hobson’s latest novel is a brilliant, artfully crafted story of Native heritage, family dynamics, and ancestral hope.

How Do You Fictionalize the Experience of Social Media?

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Lauren Oyler’s debut novel is an audacious, mordant, and frequently hilarious sendup of internet culture at the turn of the decade, and a likely harbinger of how books about the internet will read in years to come.

Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel Moniz

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In this debut story collection, the reader feels the story in their body as they read; Moniz makes us look directly at the source of trauma in order to share the pain.

The Handmaid’s Tale and the Silencing of a Woman’s Voice

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While many have praised the book’s feminist themes, none have noticed that the Hulu adaptation highlights Atwood’s special warning intended for women writers, historians, artists, and documentarians. In a patriarchal society turned radical and violent, a woman’s voice will be stifled by taking away the written word.

Remembering the Future

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Since reading Natalia Ginzburg’s 1963 novel last year, I have wanted to identify and investigate my own family lexicon, the basis of our unity in the pressure of our semi-quarantine in a two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment with no yard and not much of a view.