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 Art of the Short Story

“What’s your field?” I asked. “Daisies,” he said. “I happen to be in the field of daisies.” What an answer! How often does one meet, in this black place, a man, woman, or child who can think up a pastoral reply like that? Grace Paley, “Faith in a Tree” I’ve been working on short storiesContinue reading “The Art of the Short Story”

Postwar Classics

“They are stripping from me, she said subvocally — feeling like a fluttering curtain in a very high window, moving up then out over the abyss — they are stripping away, one by one, my men.” Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 Both Franny and Zooey and The Crying of Lot 49 have beenContinue reading “Postwar Classics”

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”

Library Chat: Burner Phone Books 1

Why, Mr. Stevens, why, why, why do you always have to pretend? — Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day Books covered: Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day and John Cheever’s Journals I said that I would focus on writers of color, but this first post will be all about the world’s Favored Demographic. IContinue reading “Library Chat: Burner Phone Books 1”