One thing I’m looking forward to this year is a class I’ll be teaching at the UMass MFA Program in the spring, Odd Plots & Haunted Sentences. For those who might be curious, here’s the reading list.
The Other City, Michal Ajvaz (translated by Gerald Turner)
Poem Strip, Dino Buzzati (translated by Marina Harss)
The Wind’s Twelve Quarters, Ursula K. Le Guin
Magic for Beginners, Kelly Link
The Third Policeman, Flann O’Brien
Motorman, David Ohle
There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby, Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (selected and translated by Keith Gessen and Anna Summers)
The Weird, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
The Weird isn’t out in the United States yet, so I’m asking my students to special order it from England. It really is that good.