- Goddessmode, a small anthology of videogame writing by women and non-binary writers
- Corium Magazine, Issue 20
- “The Grifted” by Jac Jemc
- “There Is No Map for Grief: On the Work of Art” by Lidia Yuknavitch
- “Aubade with a Broken Neck” by Traci Brimhall
- “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?” by Etgar Keret
- “Beginnings: New York” by Ocean Vuong
- “Secretaries in Heaven” by Stephanie Lenox
- “In Favor of Defenestrating Children” by Saara Myrene Raappana
- The Blunt Instrument, an advice column for writers by Elisa Gabbert
I’ve decided to retire the Carousels on this blog and turn it into a regular Recommended Reading feature instead. These lists will include anything noteworthy I’ve been reading lately that I want to share with all of you. There’s just so much out there now, and sometimes it’s hard and very time-consuming to find the real gems. If you have anything you’d like to share yourself, you can always send me an email. I’m always looking.
So it begins:
- Quaint Magazine, Issue 4
- “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild,” Part 1 by Cat Valente (and Part 2)
- “Logic” by Richard Siken
- “Teach Me Something” by Amy Silverberg
- “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong
- “Eating the Bible” by Robert Vivian
- “This Was Ugly” by Lauren Gordon
- “Tonight, in Oakland” by Danez Smith
(A somewhat late carousel. I found a lot of things last week, but I just forgot to keep track of some of them. Sorry!)
- No Pulitzer Prize was given out for the Fiction category this year. It was quite hilarious to see the deluge of sarcastic and infuriated comments by writers about the Pulitzer committee on Twitter. But here’s Ann Patchett’s much more reasonable reaction to it.
- I like this post about pseudonyms and writers’ identities, especially as someone with a half-pseudonym kind of thing going on.
- Speaking of pseudonyms, a writer who goes by the internet name of xTx has a really great story in The Collagist (which is probably my new favorite online lit journal, by the way).
- My sister has been pressuring me into reading The Hunger Games for a while and I caved. I’ve just finished the first book of the series and I’m beginning to read the second. At first, I wasn’t sure whether it would be something I would enjoy, but I have – more than I expected to, anyway. There’s also this great personal essay by Roxane Gay that helped to persuade me as well.
- This story by David Foster Wallace is very chilling. I think it will stay with me for a while.