Neighborhood Stories

“But the neighborhood’s changed. With our not-legals shuffling in, people who don’t have time for violence, people whose only reason for bouncing was to get away from the violence, we’ve mellowed out, found our rhythm. Slowed down. You can raise a kid in the complex. Start a garden or some shit.” -Bryan Washington, “Alief” IContinue reading “Neighborhood Stories”

The Science Fiction We All Should Read

“Maybe the Dutch smiled like that when they gave trinkets to people of the Carnarsee—a band of the Lenape—and laid sole claim to what all others had shared for millenia. Probably every ethnic group he meets thinks he’s one of theirs, at least partially. It’s a subtle, manipulative bit of magic, and Bronca resents theContinue reading “The Science Fiction We All Should Read”

The Female Persuasion

Faith was one of those people, Greer had started to see, who was seductive to almost everyone. -Meg Wolitzer, The Female Persuasion I read The Female Persuasion out of curiosity. It’s been on a table in the bookstore for a while, and I wanted to know if it was worth recommending. I don’t think itContinue reading “The Female Persuasion”

Queer Stories

“Let me tell you about when I was a girl, our grandfather says.” -Ali Smith, Girl Meets Boy Ali Smith and Christopher Isherwood are both classic queer writers. I know I never stop talking about Smith, and I read Isherwood’s Berlin Novels for the first time last year. They were fantastic, very funny and, byContinue reading “Queer Stories”

Recommended Books

I like to try books that people recommend to me because I’d never pick them out myself. These two were recommended by one of my managers at the bookstore. I’d never heard of Claire Messud, and I’d heard of Alan Hollinghurst, but he wasn’t high up on my list of authors to try.