"When you call a book 'autofiction,' you released yourself from the responsibility of actually looking at what the book is doing."
"I wanted to make nature a source of conflict, but also a source of joy and beauty and wonder and delight."
“Seven Moons” makes space for the cacophony of ghostly voices of those killed and disappeared in Sri Lanka's long civil war.
“How I made the book determined the story that was created … Once you have enough of something, a narrative can emerge.”
"You need your heroes to have flaws.”
“Weird fiction is unusual, too, in how the unknown may be both horrific and incredibly beautiful.”
In the intro to season 6 of Novel Dialogue, Kate Marshall gets weird: “I was looking at writers who were considering themselves part of a new weird, and I wanted to ask what the old weird was, and so I started looking.”
“I realized that if I was going to write a story about healers, I also had to write a story about healing.”
“Arts, writing, journalism—these things are born from our passions … this thing that is our weak spot.”
“One of the things that helps define Latino identity is this sense of having a history but also not knowing the history.”
“There came a point in my life … where I realized that almost every narrative, whatever it came from, that dealt with an African country was pretty much a rewriting of ‘Heart of Darkness.’”
“As a horror trope, the child is always scary. It turns our notions of purity, innocence, violence, upside down.”
Writing Latinos, from Public Books, features interviews with Latino (a/x/e) authors discussing their books and how their writing contributes to the ever-changing conversation about the meanings of ...
“I’m not a political scientist. I didn’t major in Native American studies. I’m a doctor of metaphors.”
“This is a book that explores how African history—political history, cultural history, literary history—weighs and therefore haunts some of the stories that we tell ourselves about latinidad.”
“Everything in the comic has to be thought about from front cover to end … How are you going to use all the secret resources of comics?”
In this latest episode of the Writing Latinos podcast, we talk about machismo, cockfighting, reconciling with parents, the Pulse nightclub shooting, bilingualism in contemporary literature, and the “messiness” of latinidad.
“I was exorcising, if not the anxiety of influence, then the accusations of the anxiety of influence, and also issuing somewhat of a corrective.”
In this latest episode of the Writing Latinos podcast, we discuss how some Afro-Latinas argue that the US census needs to accept that Latinos are not a race.
“If you’re going to write in a worthwhile way about something, you have to really understand why you care.”