• A conversation with author and illustrator Durga Yael Bernhard • And more!
Today marks the birthday of Sadegh Hedayat, the Iranian writer and translator best known for his novel The Blind Owl. His work has been widely celebrated for its unique blend of surrealism and realism, and his influence on modern Persian literature is undeniable. As we celebrate his life and legacy, let’s take a moment to explore some of the most innovative and thought-provoking works of literature being published today. From Rachel May and Krys Malcolm Belc’s chapbook-oriented reading list to the best fantasy and horror stories from “the magazine that never dies,” there’s something for everyone. We can also learn from authors like Courtney Maum, Alejandro Zambra, and Durga Yael Bernhard, who are pushing the boundaries of literature in exciting new directions. And if you’re looking for something a little different, why not check out Okechukwu Nzelu’s take on Beyoncé’s latest album or Jess Abolafia’s exploration of corresponding across prison walls? Whatever you’re in the mood for, there’s something out there that will spark your imagination. So, let’s raise a glass to Sadegh Hedayat and all the incredible writers who are continuing to shape the literary landscape.