The Book as Physical Object

A few weeks ago, I got the galleys of my short story collection in the mail. Although it still needed to be proofread, and printed in its official hardcover form, holding the book in my hand made me truly start to think of it as “real.” I thought about this in light of the ongoing […]

Musings on the Black Book Section

A while back, I wrote a short piece for PEN American, working through some of my ambivalence about the “black book” section in a lot of US bookstores. Here’s the opening: I first understood what people meant when they spoke of intangible white privilege when I realized that I read differently than other people. Literature […]