REBECCA RUKEYSER is a writer and teacher. She lives in Berlin.
Sofia Samatar's Monster PortraitsBy Rebecca Rukeyser
Call the monster with bolts in his neck “Frankenstein” and someone will tut, “That’s the Creature; Frankenstein is the doctor.” It’s not out of laziness, however, that we misname the Creature “Frankenstein.” Through our conflation, we're questioning which character is more monstrous: the creation or the creator.
Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex 1By Rebecca Rukeyser
“Life is often a game of two halves,” thinks Vernon Subutex, the hapless character at the center of Virgine Despentes’s virtuosic Vernon Subutex 1.