“I realized I had to center myself and people like me in my writing because I didn’t know who else would.”
By Cara Dempsey
Even when they are loving and well-meaning, parents are misguided. They don’t “get it”.
By Athena Kildegaard
She’s a Southerner with a Midwestern sensibility who loves the strange: she’s part Flannery O’Connor, part Sherwood Anderson, part Charles Simic.
by Kaulie Lewis
The “plucky, nonconformist, self-determined and self-realized person” who embodies a particular American ideal could also be a description of Iceberg Slim, a career pimp who turned to writing during the political turmoil of the 1960s.
by Sion Dayson
[A]s writers, we must find the process that speaks to us individually. . . . Whether our stories are lifted from autobiography or invented from the deep recesses of our minds, we are attempting to understand life.
by Rob Jacklosky
“It’s funny what you remember. What gets caught there,” the grandmother says to the protagonist of “The Snow Behind the Door.” In Wallace’s stories, literal things are caught in memory, often in the form of images.