Jenny Davidson Talks to Tiffany Lethabo King, author of The Black Shoals

JMD: Your book explores “the ways that Black and Native death are intimately connected in the Western Hemisphere,” confronting “the ways that conquistador forms of discourse, like colonial and settler colonial studies, attempt to mediate discussions between Black and Native peoples, Black studies, and Native studies” (xiii). In order to show these interconnections, you foreground […]

Watching Netflix with Connie and Emma

I started this essay very unlike a third-person narrator. I didn’t know what was about to happen and how everyone would feel about it. I was just settling into “pandemic normal”—figuring out “remote teaching,” substituting Netflix for social life—when “pandemic normal” decided it was already time for a reset. First came news from afar: My […]

Andrew Strombeck’s List of 80s Art in 8 Novels

As a culture, we can’t stop thinking about the 1980s New York art scene. New retrospectives keep popping up—at the Whitney (“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s”), the Hirschorn (“Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s”), and the Museum of Modern Art (“Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983”). Television […]

Hope Jennings on Joy Williams’s The Changeling

I want to tell you everything about Joy Williams’s The Changeling, but I fear there’s nothing sensible that I can say. When the book was published in 1978, Anatole Broyard dismissed it as an “arbitrary muddle.” In 2015, however, the Times Magazine offered (in typical Times fashion) a glowing retrospective with a headline admiring “The Misanthropic […]

Kevin Pask on Audiobooks

When I was a teenager, it was still possible to encounter slighting references to people who read while moving their lips. I didn’t immediately understand why this kind of reading should be a sign of deficiency although I simultaneously tried to determine whether I committed this apparently graceless act that betrayed something less than real […]

Crystal B. Lake on Benjamin Kahan’s The Book of Minor Perverts

Benjamin Kahan opens The Book of Minor Perverts: Sexology, Etiology, and the Emergences of Sexuality with a list of all the things that, in 1902, the sexologist Iwan Bloch said could cause homosexuality: impotence, onanism, habitual alcohol consumption, opium indulgence, seduction, same-sex environments, warm climate, anal sex with women, wearing clothing of the opposite sex, looking […]

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