Literary Hub

Eileen Myles, the Books in My Life: From Little Women to Angela Carter

Eileen Myles’ Afterglow is available now from Grove Atlantic.

What was the first book you fell in love with?
Little Women: because there was both a female writer, Jo, in it and there was a rich boy, Laurie, I longed to be.

Name a classic you feel guilty about never having read?
I have no such guilt.

What’s the book you reread the most?
Love by Angela Carter. It’s a novella so it’s short and it’s exquisite, trippy, moody, erotic and dark.

Is there a book you wish you had written?
I don’t really wish I had written other people’s books.

What’s the new book you’re most looking forward to?
I mean I just heard about a newly translated novel by Halldor Laxness, Wayward Heroes, that came out in 2016 but I didn’t know it existed so it is new to me. I’ve ordered it.

Originally published in Literary Hub.

Related Interests

More from Literary Hub

Literary Hub9 min readPolitics
The Political Chaos and Unexpected Activism of the Post-Civil War Era
In the early winter of 1875, the US Congress grappled with the vexing question of what should be done about the racial mayhem in Louisiana. In the lead-up to statewide elections, the White League and other Democratic paramilitary groups had unleashed
Literary Hub2 min read
Can Digital Activism Solve the Information Crisis?
In this episode of Keen On, Andrew talks to Eli Pariser, author of the iconic book The Filter Bubble and founder of Upworthy, about digital activism, the contemporary crisis of information, and why we need to build a better Internet. From the episode
Literary Hub6 min read
Lit Hub Recommends: Hadestown, Ling Ma, Madeline Miller, Jean Echenoz, and More
Two months ago, I recommended The Mushroom at the End of the World, and this month I still can’t get enough stories about things that grow in strange, disturbed, sometimes-ugly places. William Bryant Logan’s New York Times essay on Fresh Kills Landfi