Author Archives: tottenville

Bilal Tanweer’s 'The Scatter Here Is Too Great'

Near the end of Bilal Tanveer’s The Scatter Here Is Too Great, one of the seven unnamed narrators of this novel-in-stories reflects on his father’s love of classical Urdu tales, like the fantastical Tilism-e Hoshruba, an Urdu epic that follows

Bilal Tanweer’s 'The Scatter Here Is Too Great'

Near the end of Bilal Tanveer’s The Scatter Here Is Too Great, one of the seven unnamed narrators of this novel-in-stories reflects on his father’s love of classical Urdu tales, like the fantastical Tilism-e Hoshruba, an Urdu epic that follows

In Conversation with Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor arrived in superlative form on the lit horizon with the February 2010 release of a story collection, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever—not all that long after appearing one day in front of Electric Lit’s table at

In Conversation with Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor arrived in superlative form on the lit horizon with the February 2010 release of a story collection, Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever—not all that long after appearing one day in front of Electric Lit’s table at

The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas' 'Bulletproof Vest'

If you don’t believe in magic or fate, Maria Venegas’ debut memoir, Bulletproof Vest, might change your mind. The narrative reads like a novel and is written in a similar fashion to the corrido, a traditional farewell ballad for peasants

The Landscape of Vulnerability: Maria Venegas' 'Bulletproof Vest'

If you don’t believe in magic or fate, Maria Venegas’ debut memoir, Bulletproof Vest, might change your mind. The narrative reads like a novel and is written in a similar fashion to the corrido, a traditional farewell ballad for peasants

Reading in the Present Tense: Ben Lerner's '10:04'

Ben Lerner is a true poet’s poet—a composer of bold, experimental verse—but his turn to fiction in the 2010s has proven him to be a critic’s novelist. The hero of his lauded debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), is

Reading in the Present Tense: Ben Lerner's '10:04'

Ben Lerner is a true poet’s poet—a composer of bold, experimental verse—but his turn to fiction in the 2010s has proven him to be a critic’s novelist. The hero of his lauded debut novel, Leaving the Atocha Station (2011), is

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Saying

The creation of stories is a fundamental human activity.  By placing events in relation to one another we structure our experience and generate meaning. The narratives we believe convince us by their proximity to what we perceive as real, whether

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Saying

The creation of stories is a fundamental human activity.  By placing events in relation to one another we structure our experience and generate meaning. The narratives we believe convince us by their proximity to what we perceive as real, whether

In Conversation with Ros Barber

Fiction is perhaps the best place for a conspiracy. Where else does a writer have permission to take the most controversial theory, fill in the gaps and spin it into a tale? Such is the case with ‘The Marlowe Papers,’

In Conversation with Ros Barber

Fiction is perhaps the best place for a conspiracy. Where else does a writer have permission to take the most controversial theory, fill in the gaps and spin it into a tale? Such is the case with ‘The Marlowe Papers,’

Author Museum Interviews: William Faulkner's Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi

Thinking of Home: A Conversation with William Griffith of Rowan Oak in Oxford, MS “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home,’ says Darl Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. ‘Thinking of

Author Museum Interviews: William Faulkner's Rowan Oak in Oxford, Mississippi

Thinking of Home: A Conversation with William Griffith of Rowan Oak in Oxford, MS “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home,’ says Darl Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. ‘Thinking of