Tag: claire messud
Interior LivesMay 2013
The award-winning novelist on the fluidity of sexuality, the intersections of art and selfishness, and her most recent book, The Woman Upstairs.
Never the FaceJune 2011
Claire Messud and novelist Ariel Sands (the alias for an internationally known nonfiction writer) discuss S&M in literature, the glorification of obsessive love, and whether there’s a feminist defense of submissiveness.
The Diversity TestApril 2010
Why were there only 8 women on the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels of the Twentieth Century? Why is only 3% of the literature Americans read in translation?
Quality StreetBy Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, guest-edited by Claire Messud
Sochienne called her a fat bourgeois, a dilettante dancing while Nigeria was failing, as though she could somehow solve the country’s problems by depriving herself of a manicure.
ZalzalaBy Lorraine Adams, guest-edited by Claire Messud
His mother was about to say something, but all she could murmur was zalzala. Earthquake.
SuspensionBy Holly Goddard Jones, guest-edited by Claire Messud
The soft light of the flames made her face seem prettier than it really was. Younger. She was a fixture in his life, a neutral—at most, perhaps, a reflective surface.
The NorwegiansBy Elliott Holt, guest-edited by Claire Messud
The Norwegians were coming to dinner.
The Deer-Vehicle Collision Survivors Support GroupBy Porochista Khakpour, guest-edited by Claire Messud
This is the storm right before the calm, she is letting it all out now, because she knows it’s coming. She wants to go home, even if it is what she used to call hell sweet hell.
SurrenderBy Hasanthika Sirisena guest-edited by Claire Messud
As Sunil stood in his backyard staring at the carcass of the small unidentifiable animal—a cross between a rat and a Chihuahua—he realized he was missing something important.
Writers, Plain and SimpleFebruary 2010
Women make up 80% of the fiction reading audience in this country. So why, guest fiction editor Claire Messud asks, are women authors so frequently left off the best-of lists, and left out of prestigious book prizes?