Los Angeles Review of Books: The Most Irreducible of Human Materials: On Debbie Urbanski’s “After World”

DEBBIE URBANSKI’S After World (2023) wears its influences on its sleeve. Its epigraph name-checks Stephen King and V. C. Andrews alongside Leo Tolstoy, and it acknowledges the author’s father for teaching her “to love all stories regardless of their genre.” Station Eleven (2014) by Emily St. John Mandel is referenced several times, together with many […]

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Literary Hub: The Philadelphia Free Library’s whole Author Events staff has resigned over workplace conditions.

Literary Hub: The Philadelphia Free Library’s whole Author Events staff has resigned over workplace conditions.

It’s been a confusing few days at the Philadelphia Free Library, with their entire Author Events programming staff resigning, before being abruptly fired, all of which set off a string of confusing announcements about future programs. The Author Events program is a celebrated series of events created in 1994 that brings major authors and celebrities […]

Electric Literature: I Can’t Be a Father Who Leaves Behind a Child, Nor a Son Who’s Left Behind

“How to Build a Father” by Danny Goodman Things I use to reconstruct my father: I could add to the list—his wide, scoundrel smile; the mix of patchouli, tobacco, and Brut on his skin—but it would go on forever. For now, these are the things I remember most about my father. It has been thirty […]

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