Lydia Millet’s fiction has often been praised for its satirical humor, and the author says she still tries to be funny, even in dark times.
“It’s just that everything’s so outrageous now in the public sphere. There’s nothing shocking,” Ms. Millet says on this week’s podcast. “You can’t really be more absurd or more fictional than real life is right now.”
“It’s entertaining to write things that are more bite-sized,” Ms. Millet says, “and not have to worry about them sagging in the middle, as novels sometimes do.”
Also on this episode, Alexandra Jacobs talks about Jamie Bernstein’s “Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein”; Alexandra Alter has news from the literary world; and Dwight Garner, Parul Sehgal and Jennifer Szalai discuss books they’ve recently reviewed.
Here are the books discussed by The Times’s critics this week:
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