And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related topics.
Welcome to the weekly Vox book links roundup, a curated collection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of January 14, 2018.
- Elena Ferrante is going to start a weekly column at the Guardian. This will be the first new writing she’s published since her doxxing in 2016.
- At Electric Literature, Caroline McCoy reads Flannery O’Connor throughout a chronic illness:
An air of not giving a fuck is, incidentally, what some have said they love about Flannery O’Connor. Though mainstream feminism has often ignored her work, she has earned praise for her lack of vanity, for her unwillingness to compromise by . . . what? Sweating under a wig in rural Georgia? Bumbling around her farm without her glasses? Amid her birds and her mother’s cows she had no reason to take uncomfortable beautifying measures. Perhaps her country life aided her sense of humor in protecting her esteem. When visitors did arrive with cameras, perhaps she did not feel as alien as some people assume she must have.
- At the Paris Review’s blog, Jamie Quatro explains why she hates getting asked what her husband thinks of her novel:
Let’s be clear: “What does your husband think about your work” is a ruse. Beneath that query is the real question: Did you, the author, do the things the female character does in your narrative? If so, how’d you get away with writing about it? Isn’t your husband hurt? And aren’t you ashamed?
- At Slate, Ashleigh Young describes working as a writer with a day job:
I remember a second-year business student for whom I had just bought a large orange and vodka for $5 at the Read More Here