On Nine-Fingered Violinists: An Interview with Rebecca Makkai

“I believe that if you’re looking closely at the world, it’s funny. Even the horrible things are funny in some way. And if you’re looking closely enough, everything’s also pretty sad. So I see it as my job not to shy away from either of those, and to let them coexist.”

You can read the rest of my interview with Rebecca here.


Plot in the Body: Yasmina Reza’s Happy are the Happy

“No relationship is entirely transparent. More important, our understandings of relationships evolve and shift—knowledge dawns on us, bit by bit with new information, context, and different points of view. How two bodies interact in unseeable places and ways can tell an entire story, whether particular…or universal.”

You can read the rest of my essay on Reza’s newest novel in translation at Fiction Writers Review.