At the New York Times, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his newest book, The Committed, a sequel to the Pulitzer-winning The Sympathizer, and how it allows him to explore paths in life he may have missed. “That idea of an alternative life, parallel life, alternate universes, has always haunted me,” Nguyen says. “It haunts a lot of us who are refugees from Vietnam, what our lives could’ve been, and so I think that sense saturates my fiction and my nonfiction.”
YiR alum Roxane Gay and Medium have collaborated on a magazine that will feature pieces throughout the month from 24 different writers. The writers all address the question “what does it mean to live in an unruly body?” and they range from Kiese Laymon to Keah Brown to Randa Jarrar.