Native Son by Richard Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Phew. This novel is exhausting. I needed to go for a run and have a drink after this unbearable tale of grief, hopelessness, ennui, and racism. Wright’s prose is sparse and philosophical, resulting in the sort of haunting, detached narration that makes this novel so successful. A great read for more cerebral folks; I will echo that the last third feels like Wright letting off political steam after the supercharged first two thirds of the narrative.
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A cool discussion of my girl Octavia and the exclusion of women and authors of color in speculative fiction.
Political science fiction is real and important, and sci-fi nerds need to join forces with social justice ideologies and actively advocate for non-white, non-male authors and narratives.
Octavia Butler and the Question of Diversity in Sci-Fi | Tokyo Jupiter.
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?
Some goodies! I love difficult literature.