#electric literature

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Carmen Maria Machado’s Memoir Is Riddled with Restless Ghosts

I first encountered Carmen Maria Machado in 2016, reading her short fiction “Horror Story” in Granta. Her innovative and acclaimed debut collection Her Body and Other Parties had not yet been published, but I scourged the internet for everything I could find. What I found were stories about... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-11-15 12:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir #electric literature #queer relationships #restless ghosts


Go Beyond Sally Rooney With These 13 Irish Women Novelists

It’s a confusing thing, being Irish. We’re European with none of the sophistication, and for a tiny island, we have an impressive lack of consistency. That said, we also have an impressive literary output. Our politics, social movements, and religions have born enough conflict to make a canon... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-11-15 12:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #novelists #electric literature #social movements #impressive lack #tiny island #confusing thing #sally rooney


The Memoir of a Political Prisoner Who Never Stopped Imagining a Better World

Virtually none of us will ever know what Ahmet Altan has gone through, and continues to live through. After the 2016 Turkish coup d’etat attempt, the writer was arrested along with his brother on such claims as “sending subliminal messages to coup supporters.” In 2018, they were sentenced to... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-11-11 12:00:01 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir #electric literature #coup supporters #etat attempt #ahmet altan #stopped imagining #political prisoner #world appeared


Carmen Maria Machado Has Invented a New Genre: the Gothic Memoir

In the middle of Carmen Maria Machado’s new memoir In the Dream House, CARMEN, stylized in all caps like a play script, sits across from the woman with whom she’s been in an abusive relationship (THE WOMAN IN THE DREAM HOUSE). The scene is set (“the curtain rises”) and we’re shown, “the house... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-11-05 12:00:26 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir #electric literature #house inhales #curtain rises #abusive relationship #play script #dream house #gothic memoir


Are You a New York Writer or an LA Writer?

You go to a coffee shop in order to focus on your craft. What do you order?  A. A black coffee.  B. An almond milk matcha.  What is your critically acclaimed debut novel about?  A. A man getting stuck on a subway train and revisiting the weight of all of the mistakes he’s made in […] The post... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-11-01 11:00:37 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #debut novel #electric literature #subway train #black coffee #coffee shop #la writer #york writer


We’re All Terrified of Turning Into Our Parents

Few are able to plunge the depths of familial complexity like Jami Attenberg, and even fewer are able to reflect the nesting doll of desires, secrets, and contradictions the individual becomes when put into the context of family. In her seventh novel, All This Could Be Yours, the New York Times... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-23 11:00:35 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #bestselling author #electric literature #nesting doll #jami attenberg #familial complexity #parents appeared


Gabby Rivera Wants Queer Brown Girls to Feel Seen

Gabby Rivera’s YA novel follows Juliet Palante, a Puerto Rican teen from the Bronx, who is reckoning with her feminism and queerness. After coming out to her family, she goes to Portland to be a summer intern for her favorite feminist author, Harlowe Brisbane. Juliet believes this will be the... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-21 11:00:58 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #ya novel #electric literature #juliet believes #harlowe brisbane #juliet palante #gabby rivera #summer intern


Am I Allowed to Break Up with My Book Agent?

The Blunt Instrument is an advice column for writers, written by Elisa Gabbert (specializing in nonfiction), John Cotter (specializing in fiction), and Ruoxi Chen (specializing in publishing). If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to [email protected] Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-18 11:00:04 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir #question [email protected] #electric literature #writing problem #tough advice #advice column #blunt instrumentis #book agent


7 Literary Icons Who Moonlighted as Children’s Authors

When I think of literary authors, I often imagine my college reading list — and my lecturer’s pontifications on how their books have been meticulously etched into the canon of cultural significance. I rarely think about storytime with Mom and Dad. So would you believe it if I told you that Nobel... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-11 11:00:05 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #reading list #electric literature #cultural significance #meticulously etched #authors appeared #literary authors


Uber Can Go Fuck Itself

The Older Brother in Mahir Guven’s debut novel drives for a ride-sharing service in Paris while his Syrian-born father is an old-school taxi driver. Their Uber politics conflict is further sullied by their religious divergence. Into this, Guven adds a Younger Brother, a talented nurse who could... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-08 11:00:58 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #debut novel #electric literature #talented nurse #younger brother #guven adds #religious divergence #syrian-born father #ride-sharing service #mahir guven #older brother #post uber


9 Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories about Music

Translating one medium into another is tricky. Music is music and art is art and dance is dance; to try to convey the power of another art in fiction is its own sleight-of-hand. My own first novel takes on that challenge. In A Song For A New Day, musician Luce Cannon was on the cusp […] The post... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-07 11:00:15 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #science fiction #first novel #electric literature #fantasy stories #music appeared


America’s First Banned Book Is for Sale for $35,000

If you have a spare 35 grand or so, you now have a shot at a rare copy of the first book banned in America. Christie’s Auction House in New York recently announced that it will be auctioning a copy of New Canaan by Thomas Morton, a 1637 political satire that caused outrage among New […] The post... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-03 11:00:38 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #banned book #electric literature #caused outrage #thomas morton #auction house #book banned #rare copy #post america


What Does Accountability Look like in the #MeToo Era?

Note: Masie Cochran is Jeannie Vanasco’s editor for her memoir Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl. “I’ll tell him: I still have nightmares about you,” Jeannie Vanasco writes early in her second memoir, Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl. The “him” in question is Mark, a man... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-03 11:00:04 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir ##metoo era #electric literature #memoir things


7 Novels about Americans of Color Living Abroad

Did you know that there’s an entire genre of books dedicated to white people going to Nepal to find themselves? I didn’t either! But it’s not so surprising since the release of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir Eat, Pray, Love, and its 2010 film adaptation, which has caused an uptick in tourism to... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-10-02 11:00:13 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #memoir #electric literature #memoir eat #elizabeth gilbert #white people #books dedicated #entire genre


Queers Love Comics, and “Grease Bats” Loves Queers

When you meet Archie Bongiovanni, you may feel as though you already know them. The jorts, the stick-n-poke tattoos, the larger-than-the-room laugh that means you always know where they’re standing. That’s because Bongiovanni’s incredibly endearing energy winds up all over the page in Grease... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-27 11:00:50 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #graphic novel #electric literature #slice-of-life graphic #grease bats #larger-than-the-room laugh #stick-n-poke tattoos


The 20 Best Debuts of the Second Half of 2019

It is next to impossible to read every debut book that comes out in a single year. Even for me, a person who has dedicated the year to reading as many debuts as humanly possible and interviewing newly-published authors for my website Debutiful. Every month, my to-be-read pile grows larger and... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-24 11:00:28 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #debut book #electric literature #teetering precariously #website debutiful #interviewingnewly-published authors #single year


How Brexit Could Destroy the U.K. Publishing Industry

In his poignant and strikingly insightful novel of 1956, The Lonely Londoners, Samuel Selvon shapes his narrative through the eyes of Caribbean migrants (now commonly referred to as the Windrush generation) upon their arrival to London post-World War II. His Trinidadian characters, having been... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-12 11:00:55 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #publishing industry #electric literature #utopian society— #sold myths #trinidadian characters #windrush generation #commonly referred #caribbean migrants #lonely londoners #strikingly insightful


Writing About Mental Illness from the Inside

Within the first week it was published, Bassey Ikpi’s essay collection I’m Telling the Truth, but I’m Lying, a collection of personal essays illuminating and encapsulating the experience of having mental illness, hit the New York Times bestseller list. What Ikpi depicts in I’m Telling the Truth... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-12 11:00:01 UTC ]
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Where Are All the Memoirs About Abortion?

I scoured the parenting and pregnancy sections in Barnes & Noble, but the only books I could find about pregnancy exclaimed about it happily. I moved on to memoir, fingers running over the bindings of book after book. Where are the ones for women like me? I wondered. Women who don’t know... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-10 11:00:05 UTC ]
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Why It Matters That Amazon Shipped Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments” a Week Early

Back in May, I signed an embargo agreement on behalf of my bookstore stating that I would “ensure that [The Testaments by Margaret Atwood] is stored in a monitored and locked, secured area and not placed on the selling floor prior to the on-sale date.” The idea behind such agreements is that... Continue reading at 'Electric Literature'

[ Electric Literature | 2019-09-06 11:00:49 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #bookstore #electric literature #on-sale date #secured area #margaret atwood #bookstore stating #embargo agreement #week early