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First Spring Fire
In his remarkable 2009 text, Cruising Utopia, José Esteban Muñoz fixates on the ways in which queer bodies exist outside of and subvert what he calls “straight time.” Straight time, for Muñoz, is what tells queers that “there is no future but the here and now of our everyday life.” It grounds the fragmentation, suppression, and elision of queer histories, and denies futurity to those not counted under the rubric of a “reproductive majoritarian heterosexuality.”
Alif the Unseen
Say the word Islam and what words come to mind? Extremism, violence, complexity, anger? Not surprising, particularly in the wake of the violence that erupted following the publicity around that god-awful trailer, “Innocence of Muslims.” And of course, it’s a bad rap that is far removed from the religion’s actual teachings.
But would you think of words like “fantastical,” “surreal,” “mysterious” and “magical”? Probably not.
Unless, that is, you’ve wandered off the beaten track to discover G. Willow Wilson’s delightful first novel Alif the Unseen.
The finalists for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize will read from their shortlisted works at the International Festival of Authors. Hosted by novelist Trevor Cole.
Finalists are: Tim Bowling, Tamas Dobozy, Rawi Hage, Alix Ohlin, and Linda Spalding.
The Chelsea Papers
The Chelsea Papers is hard to summarize in a single-sentence précis, but I’ll take stab: it’s a surrealist erotic novella about sea monsters. It features lovers who deal in metaphor, who live in days packed with miracles and fear. And now: a long excerpt.
(via Brain Picker)
Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction; they can be deceived by the stories in the women’s magazines.- C.S. Lewis
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t - Mark Twain
Brain Picker writer Maria Popova discusses the ideas of truth and agenda in fiction and how the idea of truth in fiction has long consumed famous writers.