September 16, 2019

What Makes a Character Human?

By Aatif Rashid

It’s been almost twenty years ago now since James Wood penned (metaphorically speaking, of course, since I’m sure he used a computer) his famous critique of a genre of literary […]

July 26, 2019

On the Importance of the Authorial Voice

By Aatif Rashid

In his book The Art of Perspective, part of Graywolf Press’s series of craft books on writing (which I’ve written about a few times before on this blog), Christopher Castellani […]

August 13, 2018

On “Ethnic Fiction”

By Aatif Rashid

Mark McGurl’s The Program Era is a wonderful book, and I’ve mentioned it several times before on this blog, but it does use the problematic label “ethnic fiction” to describe […]

May 24, 2018

On “The Death of the Novel”

By Aatif Rashid

Declaring that the novel is dead sometimes feels like a pastime as old as the novel itself. Even men in the nineteenth century would lament how the novel was being […]