Nathan Scott McNamara also contributes at Literary Hub, the Atlantic, the Millions, the Washington Post, Electric Literature, and more. Follow him at @nathansmcnamara, or read more at nathanscottmcnamara.com.
Failed Utopias: On Johannes Anyuru’s “They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears”
Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Johannes Anyuru's "They Will Drown in Their Mothers’ Tears," translated by Saskia Vogel....
In Your Loss of Time I Found All of Myself Included: On Naja Marie Aidt’s “When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back”
Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Naja Marie Aidt’s “When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back,” translated from the Danish by Denise Newman....
The Pleasure of Momentum, the Heat of Containment: On “The Remainder” by Alia Trabucco Zerán
Nathan Scott McNamara reads "The Remainder" by Alia Trabucco Zerán, out now in a translation from Sophie Hughes....
Shine a Light: Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan on Selling Uncommon Books
Nathan Scott McNamara talks to Tom Roberge and Emma Ramadan, co-owners of Riffraff, a bookstore, coffee shop, and bar in Providence, Rhode Island....
Parallel Deterioration: On Brian Evenson’s “Song for the Unraveling of the World”
In “Song for the Unraveling of the World,” Brian Evenson renders the world as a place of infinite and paralyzing delusion....
Eyes Cracking Like Egg Yolks: LeAnne Howe’s “Savage Conversations”
"Savage Conversations" is an interrogation of the depth and rot of American racism and the way it distorts the minds of everyone, even our political icons....
Emergency Lights Blinking: On Samanta Schweblin’s “Mouthful of Birds”
Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Samanta Schweblin's new collection of short stories, "Mouthful of Birds."...
It Just Made Perfect Sense: Dorothy, a Publishing Project
Danielle Dutton and Martin Riker’s Dorothy, a Publishing Project is a small feminist press that isn’t stopping anytime soon....
Everything Was a Fake
Nathan Scott McNamara reviews Helen DeWitt’s collection “Some Trick,” where we are granted access to 13 more of her mad performances....
Breathing Life into Language: The Collaborations of Christina MacSweeney
Nathan Scott McNamara talks to translator Christina MacSweeney about her work with Valeria Luiselli, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, and Daniel Saldaña París....
The Straight Way Was Lost: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s “Call Me Zebra”
Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s “Call Me Zebra” threads narrative and theory to depict the isolating experience of exile....
Where Is the Thing We’re Chasing? Renee Gladman and Her Invented City of Ravicka
Nathan Scott McNamara visits Renee Gladman at her home in Connecticut to discuss loneliness, love, and her invented city of Ravicka....
From Isolated Places: Fleur Jaeggy’s “I Am the Brother of XX”
Nathan Scott McNamara discusses the isolation from which Fleur Jaeggy writes “I Am the Brother of XX.”...
Midnight Madness: Franz Kafka’s “Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures”
“Investigations of a Dog: And Other Creatures” offers a glimpse into Franz Kafka’s crazed late-night writing sessions....
The Waterfall Coping Strategy: Patty Yumi Cottrell’s “Sorry to Disrupt the Peace”
Patty Yumi Cottrell’s debut “Sorry to Disrupt the Peace” asks how to live with trauma....
A Surreal Argentine Western in César Aira’s “Ema the Captive”
César Aira's "Ema the Captive" is a surreal Western in the spirit of Cormac McCarthy’s "Blood Meridian" that causes you to lose your sense of proportion....
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