Posts by Anna Dorn

May 21, 2024 | Interview

Laura Blackett and Eve Gleichman on their novel Trust & Safety

Anna Dorn

Can you each pick two words to describe your book? 

Laura: Escapist fantasy

Eve: The first thing that came to mind for me was: “Oh, god.”

May 14, 2024 | Interview

Honor Levy on Her First Book

Anna Dorn

The black Mr. Sketch marker, Cucumber JUUL pods, Dr Pepper Lip Smacker, spirit duplicator, soggy sugary cereal milk mush, pink rubber pencil shavings, burning toast stroke, pumpkin spice scented hand sanitizer. 

May 13, 2024 | Fiction

Excerpt from PERFUME & PAIN

Anna Dorn

I eat a big salad and watch Kim and Kourtney eat big salads on a ten-year-old episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

April 2, 2024 | Interview

"Grateful and Mortified": Marissa Higgins on Publishing her Debut Novel A Good Happy Girl

Anna Dorn

Marissa:
I try very hard to be polite and normal, like manners are weirdly important to me given I'm a huge fuckup generally but my inner world is probably a less palatable version of Helen’s 💀💀

Anna:
You’re out here trying to be a good happy girl 

March 26, 2024 | Interview

Alexandra Tanner on her "Seinfeldian" novel Worry

Anna Dorn

            i think the other end of seinfeldian is like
            tiny things really sharply observed

February 5, 2024 | Interview

Rebecca K. Reilly on Greta & Valdin

Anna Dorn

Rebecca K. Reilly’s debut novel Greta & Valdin was a bestseller in her home country of New Zealand in 2021, and today it’s being released in the US and the UK. Pitched as Schitt’s Creek meets

November 14, 2023 | Interview

You Aren't Canceled! Lexi Freiman on The Book of Ayn

Anna Dorn

Australian author Lexi Freiman’s second novel, The Book of Ayn, is the funniest book of the year. In it, a writer named Anna struggles to find meaning after being canceled for her “classist” book. To

October 3, 2023 | Interview

Sending Up Autofiction: Melissa Broder on Death Valley

Anna Dorn

Internet celebrity Melissa Broder’s third novel is what one Goodreads user accurately deemed an “existential horny cactus western.”

July 28, 2023 | Interview

“A magpie for weird”: Jessie Gaynor on her debut novel The Glow

Anna Dorn

Definitely one poet holdover is just being a magpie for weird

July 11, 2023 | Interview

Ruth Madievsky on her "vibe-based" novel All-Night Pharmacy

Anna Dorn

Ruth Madievsky’s debut novel All-Night Pharmacy has everything I want from a book: a toxic sister relationship, countless nights at a seedy LA nightclub, and an unexpected sapphic romance. After her

May 17, 2023 | Interview

Exponentially Femme: Jenny Fran Davis on Dykette

Anna Dorn

like HFCA is kind of artless manipulation 
it’s not subtle
 

February 15, 2023 | Interview

Jen Beagin on her “fast-paced and horny” novel Big Swiss

Anna Dorn

I guess my approach is not to take myself too seriously, which sounds kind of dumb and obvious, and just to write the sort of book I most like to read, which is usually something heavy but also light on its feet, fast-paced and horny, and generally not too full of itself.

January 2, 2023 | Poetry

simone says

Anna Dorn

writing fiction in which people google things,
suffering in a very abstract way
trying very hard to shut the fuck up & failing