Currently reading – Real Life by Brandon Taylor. Taylor is a young American writer, and this book is about a gay black man pursuing a PhD in biochemistry at a midwestern university.
Currently reading – Shiloh & Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason. Born in 1940, Mason is a writer and critic from Kentucky. These stories were mentioned a lot in some books I read about short story theory, so I decided to read them myself. Pretty great so far!
Currently reading – A Stranger on Earth: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan. Born in 1901, Anna Kavan was a British aristocrat, heroin addict, and one of the great literary enigmas of the twentieth century. Most of the biographical information I have found about her conflicts with other sources. Anna Kavan wasn’t even her real name – it was Helen Woods. She stole the name “Anna Kavan” from a character in one of her own books. But she wanted to be a mystery, considered herself a fictional character. She and her work are endlessly strange.
Currently reading – Machines in the Head: Selected Stories by Anna Kavan. This will be the second book I have read by this crazy British writer.
Currently reading – Lot by Bryan Washington. Washington is a young African-American writer raised in Houston, which is where these stories take place.
Currently reading – New and Selected Poems Volume One, by Mary Oliver. Born in 1935, Oliver was an American poet and winner of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. She died in 2019.
Currently reading – A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines. Ernest James Gaines was an African-American writer born to Louisiana sharecroppers in 1933. This book is based on the true story of a young black man sentenced to death by electric chair in the 1940s. Gaines died in 2019.