Alexandra ChangMay 25, 2020
Days of Distraction
Harper Collins 2020
An interview with Alexandra Chang about her debut novel, Days of Distraction (2020). I introduce some distraction reads, some for when you want to wallow in the anxiety, and others for pure escapism.
Books Recommended in this episode:
- Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson
- Days of Distraction, Alexandra Chang
- Alexandra recommends: The Visiting Privilege, Joy Williams; The House is a Body, Shruti Swami; Luster, Raven Leilani
- Distraction Reads: Escapism vs Punch-in-the-face’ism: Journal of a Plague Year, Daniel Defoe; They Came Like Swallows, William Maxwell; Severance, Ling Ma; Weather, Jenny Offill; The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins; Trick Mirror, Jia Tolentino
Chris Holmes is Chair of Literatures in English and Associate Professor at Ithaca College. He writes criticism on contemporary global literatures. His book, Kazuo Ishiguro as World Literature, is under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. He is the co-director of The New Voices Festival, a celebration of work in poetry, prose, and playwriting by up-and-coming young writers.