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On Carmen Maria Machado’s Body Horrors

In her introduction to the 2015 reissue of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, an exhilarating collection of literary retellings of fables and fairy tales, Kelly Link describes the book’s indelible effect on her work:...Show More Summary

Author Carmen Maria Machado On Writing Sex Scenes In Her Literary, Genre-Crossing Short Stories

Machado's debut book, Her Body and Other Parties was a finalist for the National Book Award, and she was interviewed by the Paris Review about it as well. So of course The Guardian asks her about writing sex. "What's the secret?" the paper asks. The reply: "Letting some sex scenes be pleasurable, letting bodies be […]

A Few Words in Praise of Eggnog

Carmen Maria Machado writes in praise of eggnog.

A Year in Reading: Rakesh Satyal

The Book That Will Make You Believe (Even More) in Magic: I would like to add my voice to the overwhelming chorus that has already lauded Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties. This book feels like meeting Angela Carter for a wild night of drinking and dancing. Show More Summary

Roxane Gay, Henry Louis Gates, Margaret Atwood, Hillary Clinton, And Others On The Words That Mattered In 2017

Truth (Gay), roots (Gates), belief (Atwood), empathy (Clinton), ally (Ana Marie Cox), gaslight (Carmen Maria Machado), crossroads (Ellen Pao), collusion (Mitch & Freada Kapor), and others.

A Year in Reading: Carmen Maria Machado

I’ve read some stunning short story collections in 2017: Bennett Sims’s cerebral, unsettling White Dialogues; Jenny Zhang’s lush and visceral Sour Heart; Lesley Nneka Arimah’s liminal, searing What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; and Amy Parker’s beautiful and devastating Beasts and Children. Show More Summary

Best books of 2017: The best fiction

The best fiction of 2017 is by George Saunders, Carmen Maria Machado, Jesmyn Ward, Jeff Vandermeer and more.

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.

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