episode 12: Aisha Sabatini Sloan melds narrative and theory

Happy New Year folks! In December, we talked to Aisha Sabatini Sloan about writing non-fiction, and her new collection, Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit, which was selected by Maggie Nelson as the winner of the 1913 Open Prose Book Contest and is due out this year. Sabatini Sloan writes personal narrative about subjects — family, race, Detroit, the police — and with a voice that are both relevant and affecting. We talk about casually meandering into theory, as you do, and moving away from the safety net of structure.

Books that are mentioned

Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit – Aisha Sabatini Sloan
The Fluency of Light – Aisha Sabatini Sloan
Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
The Gift – Barbara Browning
I’m Trying to Reach You – Barbara Browning
I Love Dick – Chris Kraus
Chelsea Girls – Eileen Miles
The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson
The Red Parts – Maggie Nelson
Calamities – Renee Gladman
Unexplained Presence – Tisa Bryant
Long Division – Kiese Laymon
How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America – Kiese Layman
Negroland – Margo Jefferson
The Narrow Door – a memoir of friendship – Paul Lisicky
White Girls – Hilton Als
The Water Cure – Percival Everett
I Am Not Sidney Poitier – Percival Everett
Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night – Book by Morgan Parker

Other authors we mentioned

Fanny Howe and Danzy Senna


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