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.
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 that causes you to lose your sense of proportion....
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