Books

What Is the Personal? An Excerpt from Wendy S. Walters’ ‘Multiply/Divide’

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The below essay, which brilliantly examines the idea of “the personal” through the lenses of race, sex, and history — both personal and collective — in American life, is drawn from Multiply / Divide: On the American Real and Surreal, Wendy S. Walters’ incisive new collection of fictions, nonfiction essays, and lyric essays, out this month from Sarabande Books.

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The 10 Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels of 2015 So Far

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Generation ships, sentient forests, exploding moons — there has been no shortage of action, speculation, and mystery in the year’s best sci-fi and fantasy novels. These books are remarkable, too, for the way they brazenly combine tropes from many different genres. In several of these novels, for example, mythological, intellectual, and literary history combine in unfamiliar and enlightening ways. In others, the uncanny reigns and the human is decentered — whether we’re talking about a disturbing imaginary friend or a weaponized cat. Here are the best sci-fi and fantasy novels of the year so far.
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