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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado discusses her debut story collection, Her Body and Other Parties, her favorite horror writers and movies, and writing the book(s) she's always wanted to read.

Shorties (Carmen Maria Machado's Favorite Short Story Collections, St. Vincent on Her New Album, and more)

Carmen Maria Machado recommended short story collections at The Week. St. Vincent's Annie Clark broke down every song on her new album Masseduction at Pitchfork. Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed Ellen Datlow and Lisa Morton, editors of the new anthology Haunted...

Grimm Meets Law and Order: Special Victims Unit

Every era has its own fairy tales—fables that teach children what a princess looks like, and what monsters they should fear. According to the short stories in Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado’s exhilarating debut collection,...Show More Summary

These freaky new stories are for grown-up Goosebumps kids

A conversation with writer Carmen Maria Machado about her smart and scary debut book, Her Body And Other Parties.

Shorties (Nnedi Okorafor Profiled, An Interview with Patti Smith, and more)

The New York Times profiled author Nnedi Okorafor. Patti Smith talked to Hyperallergic about her new book Devotion. Carmen Maria Machado discussed her story collection Her Body and Other Parties with BOMB. Machado shared her influences at Library of America....

A Cover Worth Talking About

“Her design captures the simultaneous violence and sensuality in Machado’s work, in which women’s bodies both desire and disappear in fantastical and disturbing ways.” Electric Literature interviews Carmen Maria Machado and cover designer Kimberly...Show More Summary

Shorties (Two Interviews with Carmen Maria Machado, Stream a New Mountain Goats EP, and more)

Carmen Maria Machado discussed her story collection Her Body and Other Parties with Literary Hub and Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Stream the new Mountain Goats EP, Marsh Witch Visions. Armistead Maupin discussed his memoir Logical Family with BookPage. Stream a new...

Books of The Times: Fairy Tales About the Fears Within

The eight fables in Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Parties,” a finalist for the National Book Award, all depict women on the verge.

Between Autonomy and Powerlessness: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Women’s bodies signify so much, both to ourselves and others, that inhabiting them and having ownership over them often feel like two different states of being.

Carmen Maria Machado's 'Her Body and Other Parties' reclaims the female body in subversive, joyful ways

Something is happening to women’s bodies. In Carmen Maria Machado’s debut short story collection, “Her Body and Other Parties,” women evaporate, are haunted after gastric surgery, literally lose their heads and chart an apocalyptic pandemic through their sexual encounters. Their every experience...

Our World Is Straight-Up Surreal: The Millions Interviews Carmen Maria Machado

My body is flawed and also falls outside of specific culturally-acceptable parameters and is also actively oppressed. It experiences pleasure and brings me joy and it suffers; I fight against it and love it and accept it and loathe it. Show More Summary

Open Thread: Cravens Cowed by A Revenant

It took me a not-insignificant amount of time to realize he meant "autumn," not "our society's collective undoing." pic.twitter.com/wFisLb1OzT — Carmen Maria Machado (@carmenmmachado) June 2, 2016 BREAKING: Shallow party loyalist & careerist will act in manner most likely to advance his career within his party — Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) June 2, 2016 The mainstream […]

On the All-Nighter

If you’ve pulled an all-nighter, you understand the strange mental space that follows. Carmen Maria Machado brings us into that space at Catapult.

The Hierarchy of Humanities Schadenfreude

Carmen Maria Machado had a writing professor named Harvey Grossinger who changed her life. So profound was his influence that he inspired her to become a writer herself. Her article “O Adjunct! My Adjunct!”, which appeared recently in...Show More Summary

Author Spotlight: Carmen Maria Machado

The structure was complicated because Kickstarters have so many moving parts, and there are so many decisions to be made: Do I put the updates in chronological order, or backwards like they appear on the site?... Because a Kickstarter page is so visual, I had to try and figure out the most natural and dramatically appropriate order in which to present these sections.

Author Spotlight: Carmen Maria Machado

A few years back, I was poaching an egg and found myself staring into the pot and got a little lost. I made a note about the experience and then promptly forgot about it. Last summer, I spent some time writing in a cabin in the White Mountains, and I rediscovered that file on my computer. The story poured out of me after that.

Transformative work of the day: SVU edition

4 years agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Carmen Maria Machado, Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law & Order SVU : A sf/meta novella based on SVU. Though it’s not in the style of the average piece of fan fiction, I will note that certain popular pairings do appear.

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