Laura van den Berg: A Writer’s Window
Posted 02/11/15 Posted February 11, 2015

Amelia Gray Leads Us Through Her Labyrinth

Amelia Gray combines fable and mythology in her beautifully woven “Labyrinth”—from her upcoming FSG Original collection GUTSHOT—out now in The New Yorker:

“Calm down,” [Dale] said. “Nobody has to go if they’d rather not. To be clear, the labyrinth is known to possess magic. Some say in the center you discover the one thing you most desire in the world. Others claim that God sits beyond the last bend. Individuals must find out for themselves. Go check out the jam contest if you’re not feeling up to it.”

Are you feeling up to it? Then start the story here and keep going.

Accompanying the piece is an interview with Gray by John McElwee, where the two cover everything from the “natural mix of horror and humor” to the power of brevity.

Posted 02/09/15 Posted February 9, 2015

A powerful underdog tale that also illuminates an important piece of the immigration debate

On the eve of the release of the movie version of Spare Parts this Friday, the Diane Rehm Show brought together author Joshua Davis with three of the main characters from his book: Oscar Vazquez , the motivated jROTC cadet who became the de facto leader of their land-locked (in a desert!) high school’s underwater robotics team (played by Carlos PenaVega in the movie); Lorenzo Santillan, the auto shop underachiever whose ingenuity saved the day more than once as their jerry-rigged robot took on high-cost machines from team MIT and others (played by José Julián); and Fredi Lajvardi, the unorthodox high school science teacher who came up with the idea that what a group of undocumented, impoverished high school kids needed was to enter a NASA-sponsored robot-building competition (George Lopez, obviously). It’s a remarkable hour of radio. Give it a listen here.

Posted 01/15/15 Posted January 15, 2015
Posted 01/09/15 Posted January 9, 2015

Yes, that’s George Lopez staring at you

George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Penevega, and Marisa Tomei…straight out of the movie version of Spare Parts! It hits screens this month. Obviously, you should read the book first—the book, that is, that the Washington Post calls “a delightful book…a great American story” and Nature’s reviewer Noel Sharkey calls “perhaps the most gripping popular-science book I have read.”

Well maybe you can watch the official theatrical trailer first (above). Then read the book. And then in good conscience you can check out the movie’s website and join the #SPAREPARTS movement—we’re partial to The Brain ourselves, but there are other solid choices.

Posted 01/05/15 Posted January 5, 2015

Happy Holidays!

May visions of creepy crawly shape-shifters slither through your head…

Posted 12/17/14 Posted December 17, 2014

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