Suspend Your Disbelief

Essays

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On Literary References

Countless writers aspire to contribute something lasting to literature. We labor over drafts. We seek innovative forms. We push ourselves to evoke particularities in tone, plot, character, circumstance, and word choice. Yet in these various pursuits, we might overlook what also endures: literary references.


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On Strangeness

“Whether a novel is set in motion by a strange event, has an incredulous premise, or is riddled with bizarre scenes and interactions, they all demand a compelling response that aligns with the physics of the fictive world.” Andrew Felsher on how strangeness in fiction can illuminate and reveal.


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Against Interiority: Negotiating the Mind and Body in Corinne Manning’s We Had No Rules and Bishakh Som’s Apsara Engine

“Manning and Som’s work don’t feel brave necessarily in subject matter—a well-established queer literature exists—but in their refusal to pander to their literary audience, to provide anything that looks like false intimacy.” Hasanthika Sirisena on our assumptions about interiority and representing queer experiences in short fiction.