Writing the Canon of Now
“Our stories are like a glittering, infinitely faceted gem.”
Midnight’s ChildrenInterpreter of Maladies and The God of Small Things youthis tired
’s not just that the stories included aren’t ever about people like me. It’s that when people like me do show up, we are footnotes, one-dimensional bit players, only there to embellish the real story. The canon lives in and around and all over me.”
The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
’s what I think about when I sit down to write. I think, ‘Let’s make the canon of now.’”
Catcher in the RyeJane Eyre.Wide Sargasso SeaAutobiography of Malcolm X.
In the Country, “In the Country for
Tanwi Nandini Islam is the author of Bright Lines, a finalist for the 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her writing has appeared in Vice.com. Elle.com, Open City, Billboard.com and Gawker. She is the founder of Hi Wildflower Botanica, a small-batch, niche perfume, candle, and skincare line. A graduate of Brooklyn College MFA and Vassar College, she lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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