Amy Brady is the Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Review of Books and Deputy Publisher of Guernica Magazine. Her writing has appeared in Oprah, The Village Voice, Pacific Standard, The New Republic, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter at @ingredient_x.
“Nothing will come from nothing,” bellows King Lear to his daughter Cordelia in Shakespeare’s play. “Nothing,” of course, is what poor Cordelia says when asked by her father to praise him, but her silence comes not from a lack of love.
Helen Phillips’s most recent collection, Some Possible Solutions, opens with a story called “The Knowers.” It takes place in an alternate reality—or perhaps a possible future—when everyone has the option of learning the date of their death.
From Harper Lee’s Scout to Zora Neale Hurston’s Janie Crawford, young Southern women are among the most enduring, perplexing, and moving figures in American literature. And thanks to Brad Watson, we may now add Jane “Janie” Chisolm to their ranks.