On page 19 of the 38-page-long The Albertine Workout (that is, the dead center), Carson declares, It is always tricky, the question whether to read an author's work in light of his life or not. And really, isnt it, though?
James Joyces Ulysses perches atop any number of Greatest Novel lists, but sit todays average reader down with the tome and the first few pages will ratify its current reputation as difficult, weird, or even impenetrable.
About halfway along, just as were getting the hang of Luke Goebels wild and voluble debutnot so much a novel as a narrative kaleidoscope, putting a few essential shapes and colors through one tumble after anotherwe arrive at a whole new configuration. We come to the peyote trip.
Bad feminist is a self-deprecating term for what ends up sounding like a very appealing sort of person. A bad feminist, by Roxane Gays description in her eponymous essay collection, is someone who supports fair treatment of women but who doesnt necessarily agree with every feminism-associated or feminist-espoused idea, someone who believes in certain principles, yet acts against them sometimes, and with varying degrees of self-awareness.
Because of this year’s World Cup, cities that had once been footnotes in our consciousness have suddenly gained in solidity and weight. Porto Alegre, in particular, one of the World Cup host cities alongside Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte, has skyrocketed into the international consciousness.