Lerner, Ben. The Hatred of Poetry. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the role of literature in apocalyptic times such as these. Reading poetry on a daily basis is helping me to survive emotionally. Therefore, I’ve been looking for texts related to this subject, and decided it was time to read Lerner’s book, which I’ve known about for a while but which had not previously appealed to me.
Machado, Carmen Maria, ed. The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2019. Boston: Mariner Books, 2019.
I bought this book because Sofia Samatar has a story in it (Mennonite writers represent!), but I also like a number of other authors who are included, and I love Machado’s work, so I am excited to see what her editorial taste is like.
Tea, Michelle. Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions, & Criticisms. New York: Feminist Press, 2018.
I enjoy Tea’s work (especially Modern Tarot, which I read every morning), and I’ve been writing more creative nonfiction lately, so I decided that it would be a good idea to read her book about the genre.