“Death to the Bullshit Artists of South Texas” by Fernando A. Flores
For a title that beckons death, the pages of Fernando A. Flores’ debut short story collection charm with an intoxicating amount of life. But debut might be the wrong word. In 2014, Flores published an earlier version of his imaginative and sometimes unflattering depiction of the Rio Grande Valley music scene, which was called Death […]
Eyes Like Cursors Blinking: On “Conversations with Friends” and “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
What marks the writing as particularly unusual, though, is Rooney’s approach to characterization: one receives the impression that Rooney has a programmatic disinterest in depicting her characters’ inner lives.