Laura van der Berg and Emily St. John Mandel discuss the end of the world and the end of genre.
I grew up reading speculative fiction and have enormous respect for the genre—I mean, it’s a tremendous honor to have your book lumped into the same general category as Margaret Atwood’s novels, isn’t it?—but I never really liked seeing the book categorized as such. I’ve always found genre categorizations in fiction to be absurdly subjective.
Bret Easton Ellis tells us what Patrick Bateman would be doing today.
He would have partied in Tribeca and the Hamptons, indistinguishable from the young and handsome boy wonders who were populating the scene then, with their millions of nonexistent dollars, dancing unknowingly on the edge of an implosion that happened mercilessly, wiping out the playing field, correcting scores.
NPR talks to Marley Dias, the girl who collected over a 1.000 books with characters of color in it. She picks her five favorites.
It’s definitely one of my favorites, mainly because I am a very avid reader and it was one of the first books I ever had a challenge reading. I know that sounds not really good because then you couldn’t understand it. But it was like the first time that I ever fully had to wait and think through something and take my time, which I think is definitely something important because you have to be patient.
Paul Goldberg, author of The Yid, talks about his fiction debut.
“Even with my nonfiction, I always wanted to get deeper into the characters,” he says. “It was always about the characters to me. I’ve always been thinking of the way in which to get more of the feel of a novel into a nonfiction book. The one thing, to me, that fiction and nonfiction have in common is that you need a larger-than-life character.”
Elle talks to Mona Awad about confronting the word fat.
I’ve been wanting to write about this for a while because I’ve struggled with body image stuff my whole life, and I’ve gone up and down pretty drastically. Those issues acquire layers—just one layer after another.