By Sarah Hoenicke for the Rational Online In the class we took on nonfiction writing at Mills College, Beck Levy sat at the end of the table facing away from the windows, and the sun at her back made her dark curly hair shine at its edges. She wore a look of intensity on her face … Continue reading Speaking Up With Beck Levy
By Sarah Hoenicke for Anomaly In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Julia Fierro writes: “Weakness or, to be more specific, showing or admitting to weakness, seemed both un-Italian and un-American.” Fierro is writing here about the impact of Zoloft on her life, and more specifically, her writing career. Before Zoloft, her anxiety and … Continue reading An American Weakness
By Sarah Hoenicke for BUST.com Playwright-performer Sarah Jones "plays with the spaces between" questions about self-creation for her one-woman shows, Surface Transit (2000), Tony award-winning Bridge & Tunnel (2004, produced by Meryl Streep), and Sell/Buy/Date (2016). Jones slips seamlessly into character during her shows, donning their props and accents: elderly Jewish Lorraine; soft-spoken Lakota Gary; … Continue reading Playwright-Performer Sarah Jones (And Company) Talk Trump’s First 100 Days
By Sarah Hoenicke for Guernica Photo by Zack Smith Photography. You think, because she’s so funny, so sharp, so sarcastic and constantly moving, that Jami Attenberg can’t make you sad. But she can floor you. Fiction like Attenberg’s—entertaining, witty, a swirl of happiness, hope, and disaster—is an escape from daily reality and worry. It’s also a … Continue reading Jami Attenberg: Listening to Write
Sarah Hoenicke talks to the author of All That’s Left to Tell, Daniel Lowe, for Wales Arts Review We know that stories have lives of their own, independent of their tellers. They wind and shape themselves differently in hearers’ minds, and then come out slightly transformed in retellings. In Daniel Lowe’s fiction debut, All That’s Left … Continue reading In Conversation with Daniel Lowe
By Sarah Hoenicke for the Columbia Journal “Sometimes just living your life in a way that is completely unapologetic is a rebellion.” Jade Chang’s debut novel, The Wangs vs. the World, is an extraordinarily balanced first book. Often, debuts lack perfect continuity—containing lapses into portions of the story that the author needed to know, but … Continue reading The joys of a novel: Jade Chang interviewed by Sarah Hoenicke
Anuk Arudpragasam’s debut novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, takes place over a single day near the end of the Sri Lankan civil war. The novel’s protagonist, Dinesh, has been pushed, with fellow beleaguered citizens, to the coast. When we meet him, he is living in a camp, helping tend to the wounded and bury the dead, his existence overwhelmed by the needs of those around him.
By Sarah Hoenicke for the Montreal Review Sarah: Can you tell me briefly about each of your books? Roy: Learning to Die in the Anthropocene is a philosophical meditation, in the tradition of Susan Sontag or Camus, on climate change and how to approach and think about climate change from a humanistic perspective (from someone … Continue reading Climate Change, Violence: What Can Be Done?
by Sarah Hoenicke, for Necessary Fiction John Freeman’s writing and criticism have appeared in many publications across the world. He served as Editor-in-Chief at Granta and was president of the National Book Critics Circle. His most recent project is Freeman’s, a themed biannual literary anthology-meets-journal. The second issue, Freeman’s: Family, is available now. Freeman’s main aim … Continue reading Finding New Voices: An interview with John Freeman