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Lacy M. Johnson : The Reckonings

4/15/2019
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“Through prose that is at once passionate and percussive, Lacy Johnson’s The Reckonings demands that we place justice and discovery at the center of our conversations, memories, imaginations, and art. I don’t know that I’ve ever been happier to be alive after reading any book. In this weird way that probably says way too much about the smallness of […] The post Lacy M. Johnson : The Reckonings appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:50:01

Christine Schutt : Pure Hollywood

4/1/2019
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“Nobody writes like Schutt . . . and her latest collection is the perfect entry point for readers new to her work . . . In each of the collection’s 11 stories, Schutt gives readers dissipated women staggering to the brink of sanity, desperate men with foggy intentions, and an eerie atmosphere that radiates menace, […] The post Christine Schutt : Pure Hollywood appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:39:07

Mitchell S. Jackson : Survival Math

3/18/2019
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“A vibrant memoir of race, violence, family, and manhood . . . Jackson recognizes there is too much for one conventional form, and his various storytelling methods imbue the book with an unpredictable dexterity. It is sharp and unshrinking in depictions of his life, his relatives (blood kin and otherwise), and his Pacific Northwest hometown, […] The post Mitchell S. Jackson : Survival Math appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:42:00

Marlon James : Black Leopard, Red Wolf

3/4/2019
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“Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the kind of novel I never realized I was missing until I read it. A dangerous, hallucinatory, ancient Africa, which becomes a fantasy world as well-realized as anything Tolkien made, with language as powerful as Angela Carter’s. It’s as deep and crafty as Gene Wolfe, bloodier than Robert E. Howard, and […] The post Marlon James : Black Leopard, Red Wolf appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:22:16

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore : Sketchtasy

2/12/2019
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“Sycamore paints an unsparing and unsentimental portrait of survival in a homophobic era, and her writing is beyond beautiful. Sketchtasy is a powerful firecracker of a novel; it’s not just one of the best books of the year, it’s an instant classic of queer literature.”—Michael Schaub, NPR Books The post Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore : Sketchtasy appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:49:11

Alicia Jo Rabins : Fruit Geode

2/1/2019
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“How does a body do what it does: make love, mistakes, create life, exist after life; how does a body evolve, celebrate, regret, reconsider its big and small moments: these are the passionate concerns of Alicia Rabins’ Fruit Geode, a book that I could not stop reading once I started, a book that drew me […] The post Alicia Jo Rabins : Fruit Geode appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:39:05

Genevieve Hudson : Pretend We Live Here

1/13/2019
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“A terrific collection of stories. There are echoes here of Flannery O’Connor, Barry Hannah, and Denis Johnson, but Genevieve Hudson is her own writer—impressively and gloriously so. Her eye for the clinching detail is unnerving and her sympathies are fascinatingly conflicted. I hope, and suspect, this book will be the start of a long and […] The post Genevieve Hudson : Pretend We Live Here appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:32:24

Jeffrey Yang : Hey Marfa

1/2/2019
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“Yang rebuilds for the reader a town that is notable for its many stark contrasts: restored & ruined buildings, wealth & poverty, international art & border enforcement. Hey, Marfa makes a remarkable poetic accounting of the ways imagination is currently working with & against the histories & myths of the US/Mexico borderlands & the American […] The post Jeffrey Yang : Hey Marfa appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:37:59

Chaya Bhuvaneswar : White Dancing Elephants

12/17/2018
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“Bhuvaneswar is unflinching about the lives of those for whom identity is a constant battle & the act of being is an unavoidable challenge, but she doesn’t ignore the beauty in their strength . . . White Dancing Elephants is a necessary book — & one that introduces a gifted voice to contemporary literature.”―NPR “White Dancing […] The post Chaya Bhuvaneswar : White Dancing Elephants appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:50:14

Layli Long Soldier : Whereas

12/2/2018
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“Long Soldier reminds readers of their physical and linguistic bodies as they are returned to language through their mouths and eyes and tongues across the fields of her poems.”—Natalie Diaz for The New York Times Book Review “Layli Long Soldier’s movement between collective and personal makes this book intimate and urgent. She has charted new […] The post Layli Long Soldier : Whereas appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:53:21

Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams

11/14/2018
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“Williams’s short precise, & emphatic sentences build a strange society whose denizens are not quite familiar to us & not quite comfortable with their own quietly disturbing evolutions. Not a single moment of the prose here is what you expect, & even the ordinary is, in the context created by Diane Williams, no longer ordinary. […] The post Diane Williams: The Collected Stories of Diane Williams appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:14:18

R.O. Kwon : The Incendiaries

11/1/2018
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“Every explosive requires a fuse. That’s R. O. Kwon’s novel, a straight, slow-burning fuse. To read her novel is to follow an inexorable flame coming closer & closer to the object it will detonate—the characters, the crime, the story, &, ultimately, the reader.”—Viet Thanh Nguyen “Kwon’s multi-faceted narrative portrays America’s dark, radical strain, exploring the […] The post R.O. Kwon : The Incendiaries appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:11:18

Tommy Pico : Junk

10/14/2018
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“Reading Tommy Pico’s Junk I kept thinking of Heather McHugh’s pronouncement that the main discipline of poetry is “to keep finding life strange.” Pico is the master of making the stone stony, or returning the sheer absurdity of being to everything, from grief to intimacy to dating apps to donuts. Junk insists on the urgency […] The post Tommy Pico : Junk appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:19:20

Dubravka Ugrešić : Fox & American Fictionary

10/1/2018
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Dubravka Ugrešić is considered one of Europe’s most distinctive novelists and essayists. She is the 2016 winner of Neustadt International Prize for Literature for her body of work, joining literary luminaries from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Elizabeth Bishop to Octavio Paz. In 1991 when war broke out in the former Yugoslavia, Ugrešić took a firm […] The post Dubravka Ugrešić : Fox & American Fictionary appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:45:05

Anna Moschovakis : Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love

9/24/2018
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“Anna Moschovakis takes the reader straight to the terrifying edge: that moment where one ages out of youthfulness & begins to flutter in the debris of middle living, flattened out by technology, wild-goose chasing one’s data. Yet, the deeper we look into Eleanor’s unsettledness, the more we see & the more hope we find in […] The post Anna Moschovakis : Eleanor or The Rejection of the Progress of Love appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:51:34

Dao Strom : You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else

8/22/2018
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In Dao Strom’s collection of poetic fragments, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, translated by Ly Thuy Nguyen as Mình sẽ luôn là người nọ đến từ nơi nọ, the fragments are wholly filled—with text: English, Vietnamese, drifting, entwined, dense, vanishing—with space: empty, white, solid, black—with images: cropped, multiplied, sliced, erased—& with punctuation: plus, […] The post Dao Strom : You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:55:12

Catherine Lacey : Certain American States

8/7/2018
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“Lacey captures with eerie precision the strangeness of being a person in the world, living alongside other human beings with unknowable thoughts and feelings . . . Reading Lacey’s fiction feels like walking through a dark apartment in someone’s mind, full of winding hallways and unmarked doors. You never know quite where you are or […] The post Catherine Lacey : Certain American States appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:29:25

Forrest Gander : Be With

7/19/2018
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“Forrest Gander’s life partner, the poet C.D. Wright, died suddenly a little more than two years ago, and this book is one result or record of the aftermath of that loss. In poems that are utterly naked and bereft, elegies, apologies, could-have-beens, Gander grieves and wonders about what’s left in his life. There is so […] The post Forrest Gander : Be With appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:25:45

Chelsea Hodson : Tonight I’m Someone Else

7/6/2018
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“Hodson’s essays have such a sexy drama to them—and ultimately it’s the romance of just getting through life; the passion that comes from being a wholly alert woman and living to tell about it. I had a real romance with this book.”—Miranda July “Chelsea Hodson tests herself against her desires, grapples with their consequences, and […] The post Chelsea Hodson : Tonight I’m Someone Else appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:26:40

Molly Crabapple : Brothers of the Gun – A Memoir of the Syrian War

6/12/2018
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“From the anarchy, torment, and despair of the Syrian war, Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple have drawn a book of startling emotional power and intellectual depth. Many books will be written on the war’s exhaustive devastation of bodies and souls, and the defiant resistance of many trapped men and women, but the Mahabharata of the […] The post Molly Crabapple : Brothers of the Gun – A Memoir of the Syrian War appeared first on Tin House.

Duration:01:37:34