A study of provincial life

Alejandro Zambra wrote two books of poems in his twenties. Since turning thirty, he has written five novels. What looks like a simple transition disguises the fact that genre realignment is not always as absolute as it might appear from the layout of bookshops and bibliographies. Zambra’s first four novels—translated with great freshness by Megan … Read more

Let’s Talk About Coming Out (in Life and Fiction), a guest post by Jen Ferguson

I’m out on twitter and have been for a long-ish while. At least, I’m out as a kick-ass demisexual. I don’t often talk about the fact that my attraction, when it shows up, isn’t confined by any specific gender. That being said, as much as some of us think so, the internet isn’t everything. I … Read more

“Shouldn’t Life Resolve?”: On Ange Mlinko’s “Venice”

“SHOULD WE HAVE stayed at home and thought of here?” This isn’t Ange Mlinko, though it might be. This is Elizabeth Bishop. The distinctions between “home” and “here” were murky for the peripatetic bishop. Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, New York, Key West, Brazil — “home” was never a fixed place; it was a word without a … Read more