“Like plot, adulthood is a scam, and Lau wants us to feel the discomfort of a coming-of-age story that resists epiphany and catharsis.” Josie Tolin reviews Jamie Marina Lau’s Pink Mountain on Locust Island, published by Coffee House Press.
John Dermot Woods talks with Kristen Iskandrian about his new book, The Baltimore Atrocities, and the way in which text and image intersects in his work, saying, “I wanted to draw pictures that would extend the stories, further complicate them, contribute an essential narrative element that the stories could not exist without.” They also discuss the pleasure of writing on trains, balancing disciplines, exploring issues of place, and more.
Rone Shavers talks with Karen Tei Yamashita about her National Book Award shortlisted novel I Hotel, and in the process the two touch on everything from the role of history and memory to the process of writing, to what one’s politics and culture says about the nature of storytelling itself.
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