by The Editors
We’re off until Labor Day. Have a fiction-filled summer!
“His fiction is baffling and fresh enough to revert even experienced readers back into novices”: Eric McDowell on metafiction and writing lessons in César Aira’s “The All That Ploughs through the Nothing.” Aira’s latest in translation, The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof, comes out today from New Directions.
“The author gives us just what she promised: more than meets the eye”: Mari Carlson on Becky Hagenston’s “Scavengers.”
“Our participation in the story is much more than simply a reader or an observer”: Keith Lesmeister on Michael Cunningham’s “White Angel.”
From the Archives: “Grace Paley shows us one way in which the heretofore old-fashioned, third-person omniscient perspective might be one of contemporary fiction writers’ greatest tools to elicit empathy for characters.”
“The narrator’s voice is earnest and haunted”: Joshua Bodwell on why he loves Andrew Porter’s “River Dog.”
Join us for our ninth-annual celebration of the Short Story, as we dedicate the month of May to short fiction.
Joshua Bodwell shares about the lasting impact Tom Perrotta’s “The Weiner Man” has made on him.
From the Archives: poet, publisher, and literary agent Lucas Hunt with a few thoughts on why fiction writers should read poetry.
Author Tim Weed discusses how fiction as a medium differs from other narrative arts like film and television.
“Imagination is not just suspension of disbelief but also a method of investigation, a way of knowing and a means of effecting change.”
RT Both examines how Sam Shepard probes the limits of social unease in times of division.