Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination | Olivia Cole

Hunger Games and the Limits of White Imagination | Olivia Cole.

Smart piece on media representations of white and non-white people.

Considering our role as authors (makers of media), Suzanne Collins’s interest in racial ambiguity of her characters (including Katniss) forces us all to think about typecasting and the racial overtones of our work, especially in narrative writing.

Afrofuturism in speculative fiction offers a lot of creative outlets for dealing with race in the contemporary (and future) world.

“50 Books” – Flavorwire

50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature – Flavorwire.

Another interesting list from Flavorwire on literature. This one includes my writer-crush Kate Zambreno’s Heroines and Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? (which I obsessively gobbled up in two days, but everyone in the universe still loves to hate), so I forgive some of their weirder inclusions.

Can we just get over Jonathan Franzen already?

Can we appreciate for a minute how many of these texts are multi-genre creative biographies?