Nostalgie de la ewwwwww: Ottessa Moshfegh’s attention to the body

In her electrifying debut novel Eileen (shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award), Ottessa Moshfegh pays a great deal of attention to people’s bodies. The title character dislikes her own: “I was thin, my figure was jagged, my movements pointed and hesitant, my posture Read More …

Virginia Woolf Dreams of Colson Whitehead

Everybody’s talking about The Underground Railroad. Everybody. It’s the most award-winning, imagination-stretching, racially charged novel of 2016, and, because it’s written by an African-American author, taken to some extent (not that its author deemed this) as holy writ in our racially charged society. What if Read More …