The Lifted Veil

The current issue (#66) of Tin House features a short piece by me on George Eliot's phenomenally strange novella The Lifted Veil, as well as fiction by Dorothy Allison and Helen Phillips, poetry by Sharon Olds and Cornelius Eady, and a provocative essay on gender in writing and publishing entitled "Pandering," by Claire Vaye Watkins. And much more! For now, the piece can be read online here (note: you have to scroll down to the section Lost & Found and select the piece).

Knausgaard's Triumph

I've got a new piece in the Fall 2015 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review on Karl Ove Knausgaard. While it seems as if hundreds of thousands of words have already been written about this author, I felt that certain things had not been said. Even those who love his work often throw around words like "boring" and "narcissistic" to describe it; I argue Nay. I also take on what seems to me the too-easy charge that if a woman had written the same six volumes, they would not have become an international sensation.

Robin Black Essay

Novelist and short-story writer Robin Black (If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This; Life Drawing) has penned a provocative piece for The New York Times in which she argues that literary prizes should not so often be age-based (i.e., geared to the young). I was tickled to find myself mentioned there, along with Edith Pearlman and Rachel Cantor (nice company!), for being a writer who only "emerged" after the age of forty. I would add my own opinion that both writers and the literary community could benefit from more prestigious prizes being given for novels that are not first novels. (For instance, PEN has no general award for "later" fiction, only debuts.)