Friday Lit Links — Week of June 1
News, Reviews, and Interviews
2012 Puterbaugh Fellow and 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize winner Marina Carr’s play Woman and a Scarecrow is showing now in New York. It is a “blistering beauty of a play that rages with regret.”
Speaking of spec-lit, we’re massive Twin Peaks obsessives here at WLT, and Paste had this nifty article about why it is that the US Pacific Northwest is seemingly such a hotbed setting for the genre. Electric Lit also had this interesting look at progressive gender dynamics in sci-fi.
Herbert Gold was interviewed for the Paris Review. Gold, while not as conventionally successful a writer as his mid-twentieth-century cohorts Bellow and Nabokov, was respected among his peers. His new book of poetry, Nearing the Exit, is out now.
Fight Club scribe and mid-1990s Gen X messiah Chuck Palahniuk says he’s nearly bankrupt after his literary agency suffered a disastrous embezzlement scheme.
Fun Finds and Inspiration
Philip Metres, writing for the Boston Review, brings this enlightening look at Arab American poetry in the modern social theater. From the WLT archives, check out David Williams’s article covering similar terrain, “This Hyphen Called My Spinal Cord.”
The Globe & Mail investigates why exactly the lit scene in Quebec is, seemingly, so much more . . . something else than in other parts of Canada.
Walt Whitman would have been a ripe 199 this week were he to somehow possess such powers, and less-than-flattering critiques of Leaves of Grass open up this New Yorker article on the big business of fake reviews.