‘I am very interested in the question of reality on the one hand and imagination on the other, so the mirror has to be angled slightly to take in something that isn’t already there’
‘Confusion is the only natural response to the world, the alternative would be to just fall in with everyone else’s plans.’
‘I really love Southern Gothic literature and so part of me was like – well, what if I could create an Immigrant Gothic?’
‘I really like the artificiality of fiction, even though it’s often embarrassing and clumsy to create something out of thin air’
‘A lot of writing is confronting your own failure, again and again and again’
‘The terrain of literature is this space where you can pose these paradoxes of personal and political ethics’
‘The through line in my work that I see is how easily we can turn people into the other’
Jen George shares her process of translating visual art into text
‘The fact that you exist means that you have a story that's worth telling’
‘As a person in the diaspora sometimes you ask yourself, well who will claim you? And then it really is up to you to claim
a place for yourself.’
Catherine Lacey discuses voice, characterization and the minute details that bring a story to life
‘The ancient stories we tell, as beautiful as they may be, also serve to shape our conventions about who we think we are or should be’
Catherine Lacey shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Peter Stamm on the drive of freedom in literature, German Romanticism and narrational technique.
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