5 Things You Should Read

by a contributor

from Mira Mattar, author of Lion and Gazelle:

  1. Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
    Leave everything behind. Ascend through mud. Deny God. Not for the faint-hearted.
  2. Faces in the Water by Janet Frame
    Like a bowl of rotting fruit. Colours you’ve never seen before. Lucid insanity.
  3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
    What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and all things nice. That’s what little girls are made of.
  4. Close to the Knives – David Wojnarowicz
    AIDS, art, addiction. Laceratingly brilliant. Rage never tasted so good. Let this blow your mind.
  5. Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black – Cookie Mueller
    When starring in John Waters’ movies is the least interesting thing you did. How life should be lived by another heroine.