Currently reading – All Aunt Hager’s Children, by Edward P. Jones. Jones is an African-American writer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. He was born and raised in Washington D.C., which is where most of his stories take place.
Currently reading – To the Lighthouse, by Virginia Woolf. Born in 1882, Woolf was a titan of twentieth century literature, but her work can be demanding. However, she was an uncompromising artist and a passionate advocate for female writers. She died in 1941.
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.