Monday, November 16, 2020 - 4:09pm
“Love and Other Thought Experiments” had so much potential, which is why its bizarre unraveling felt like a sort of betrayal, like I had been cheated.

I finished reading the last few chapters of Sophie Ward’s “Love and Other Thought Experiments” in my cold empty living room at three in the morning, and had to fight the urge to shake my roommate awake and deliver a passionate monologue about the utter rage and frustration I was feeling at the moment. Instead, I settled for doing a few jumping jacks and pacing around the kitchen for a bit until I exhausted myself.

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 2:25pm

The first time I found a copy of Joy Williams’s “The Changeling,” I was 19 and wandering around the public library searching for it — though I wasn’t aware of this yet. It was a few months before summer break and I was on the brink of a spectacular mental breakdown. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:06pm

About a third of the way through Jenny Offill’s second novel, “Dept. of Speculation,” the unnamed narrator gives a brief account of Manichaeism: “The Manicheans believed the world was filled with imprisoned light, fragments of a God who destroyed himself because he no longer wished to exist,” the narrator notes dispassionately. Like a good deal of the other fragments that make up the novel, this anecdote is never explicitly explained or tied into a thematic concern — it just stands as-is for the reader to interpret how they would like to.