Silver Linings (59) Tell Me About A Complicated Man & Persephone Books

I am a huge fan of Emily Wilson--and was beyond honored to see my name next to hers in the Guggenheim Fellowship translation category. How she thinks about, and advocates for, translation has done so much for the art and practice. She has also, with her translation of The Odyssey, led us to rethinking how …

My May Column at Bookslut: TWO AMBITIOUS MIDWESTERN GIRLS: WILLA CATHER AND MARY MACLANE

For my fifteenth birthday my mother gave me Willa Cather's My Ántonia, a novel I devoured and adored. The subject -- the life of immigrant homesteaders in early twenthieth-century rural Nebraska -- was curious and compelling for a girl growing up in 1970s suburban New Jersey. The women in her story were unusually complicated, unpredictable, and …