Suspend Your Disbelief

Author Archive

Interviews |

Sometimes Taking Things Out Counts as Writing: an Interview with Celeste Ng

From the Archives: “When structure is done well, it should be like architecture: you sense the overall feel of the building—tall, or airy, or strong—but you’re not looking at the buttresses that hold it up or the seams where parts are fastened together.”


Essays |

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.


Interviews |

Out of Their Element: An Interview with Jenny Shank

“Sometimes I read pronouncements on Twitter like, ‘Let’s face it, there’s no reason a book should ever be 500 pages long,’ and I always think, of course there should be 500-page books. And fifteen-page books. There should be every kind of book.” Jenny Shank talks with Paula Younger about her new collection.


Essays |

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.