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The Form Vampire: An Interview with Carmen Maria Machado by Liza St. James
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“Our bodies are graveyards of cells, the source of art, inherently finite, constantly decaying.”

The New Political Novel: An Interview with David Burr Gerrard by Nicholas Mancusi
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“I admire my characters for their ability to do something that I would find far too embarrassing to do myself. Fiction can get us to experience what we might do if we were braver. Or dumber.”

Lidia Yuknavitch by Porochista Khakpour

Writing with the body as her touchstone, the novelist channels a woman warrior in The Book of Joan.

Sex, Tattoos, & Geocatastrophe by Lauren LeBlanc
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Freeing Joan of Arc from her Catholic trappings in Lidia Yuknavitch’s The Book of Joan

China Miéville by Paul La Farge
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Surrealism meets fantasy in The Last Days of New Paris, a recent novel by a British author of New Weird Fiction.

Speculative Heroism by David Burr Gerrard
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Alexander Weinstein’s debut collection, Children of the New World, presents us with a future absurd enough to be our own.

California, Failed Experiment by J.W. McCormack
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The title of Claire Vaye Watkins’s first novel, Gold Fame Citrus, names just three of California’s historic exports. It’s a list to which, just for fun, we might add surfing, In-N-Out Burger, health fads, The Doors, cults, and—at least lately—post-apocalyptic novels.

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