I Love It Though by Alli Warren in The Paris Review

Alli Warren, Author of I LOVE IT THOUGH

What (Else) Our Writers Are Reading This Summer

I just finished Mihail Sebastian’s 1934 novel/notebook For Two Thousand Years, which Other Press is about to publish for the first time in the U.S. It is—among many other things—an elegant and candid and horrifyingly understated account of watching violent unreason rise around you. He almost can’t believe what’s happening. Alli Warren’s “I Love It Though,” from the excellent Nightboat Books, is helping me to love it, the whole fucked up thing, despite the long daily litany of reasons to despair: “I wave a flag for brute feeling,” she writes, and I’m rallying to it. “Or the courage or not / of me and my friends / orbital in lilt, directive in drink / while container ships brim / and caps and bergs / slope across the slog / I want to be able to continue / to love to stay alive.” With my daughter’s I’m reading “¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta?” by Carmen Tafolla, illustrated by Magaly Morales. I’m reading it some thirty times a night. —Ben Lerner (“The Camperdown Elm”)

Read the full listing here: https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/08/18/what-else-our-writers-are-reading-this-summer/