Erika Rummel is the author of a dozen non-fiction books (Renaissance history, biography) and two novels, PLAYING NAOMI (2009) and HEAD GAMES (2013). She divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles and has lived in small villages in Argentina, Romania, and Bulgaria.
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# AMTHINKING: The happier I am the less I write. I remember a cartoon in an Argentine newspaper: A poet begging his girlfriend not to make him so happy. It gave him writer’s block. Without a tragic love life, he couldn’t write tango lyrics. Ditto when I’m leading a busy…
#AMREADING Maylis de Kerangal, Mend the Living. Translated by Jessica Moore as Mend the LivingThe subject is clinical, but the language is lyrical and asks the existential question: What does it mean to be alive or dead?Simon is in a coma after a car accident. His heart (or rather the machine…