January 18, 2018
My interview with my friend former grad school teacher Tayari Jones is online at Tin House.
“I started thinking about other novels by women that questioned the idea that women’s first (and only) priority is to be a good wife and mother. These novels were primarily by white women. They just get tired of being domesticated and go do something else. Trigger the applause.”
July 28, 2017
I reviewed Olivia Clare’s debut story collection Disasters in the First World for the New York Times Book Review.
“The best of the 13 stories in Olivia Clare’s debut collection flout convention and work in mysterious ways. Two in particular — “Pétur” and “The Visigoths” — will probably be anthologized and taught and cherished for years to come.”
May 11, 2017
Wired has published an excerpt from Bit by Bit.
May 9, 2017
I only took one creative writing class as an undergrad, but it was with the excellent Madison Smartt Bell and it helped to shape my entire writing life. The Paris Review has posted our recent conversation about his new novel Behind the Moon. I hope you enjoy it.
April 27, 2017
My latest Geek Reads column was published on 4/26/17 at Electric Literature. It looks at Halldór Laxness’s most radical novel and the importance of rethinking epic storytelling.
“Iceland’s sole Nobel laureate Halldór Laxness (1902–1998) published twenty-two novels, among many other things, during his long career. I’ve not read all of them, but of those I have Kristnihald undir Jökli strikes me as by far his strangest, his funniest, and his most radical. Susan Sontag once declared, ‘It is like nothing else Laxness ever wrote’ and I’ll take her word for it. I’m also told that it was the last novel he completed before turning to playwriting.”