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Yxta Maya Murray

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Yxta Maya Murray, "Art Is Everything: A Novel" (TriQuarterly Books, 2021)

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In Art Is Everything (TriQuarterly Books, 2021), L.A. native Amanda Ruiz is a successful Chicana performance artist who is madly in love with her girlfriend, Xochitl. Amanda is about to enjoy a residency at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and plans to film a groundbreaking documentary in Mexico. Then Xochitl’s biological clock begins beeping, Amanda’s father dies, and Amanda is assaulted during an Uber ride. Her life and art are upended and she’s not sure how to get back on track. Written as a series of web posts, Instagram essays, Snapchat posts, rejected Yelp reviews, Facebook screeds, and streams-of-consciousness that merge volcanic confession with eagle-eyed art criticism, Art Is Everything is about a woman who has to grapple with being derailed.After earning her J.D. at Stanford Law School, Yxta Maya Murray clerked for two judges and then joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995. Recipient of an Art Writer’s Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, she published a one-act play about the Christine Blasey Ford hearings, titled Advice and Consent (LARB Books 2019) and was named a finalist for the National Magazine Awards in Fiction. Her scholarly work focuses on Community Constitutionalism, Criminal Law, Property Law, Gender Justice, and Law and Literature. Professor Murray has published in a number of law journals, where her most recent work concerns FEMA’s failures in Puerto Rico. As a novelist and art critic, she has published six books and won a 1999 Whiting Writer’s Award. Her seventh novel, Art Is Everything, is being published by TriQuarterly Books. When she is not teaching, reading, or writing, Murray enjoys running, photography, painting, and eating.I interview authors of beautifully written literary fiction and mysteries, and try to focus on independently published novels, especially by women and others whose voices deserve more attention. If your upcoming or recently published novel might be a candidate for a podcast, please contact me via my website, gpgottlieb.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literature

32mins

5 Jan 2021

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Yxta Maya Murray, "Art Is Everything: A Novel" (TriQuarterly Books, 2021)

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In Art Is Everything (TriQuarterly Books, 2021), L.A. native Amanda Ruiz is a successful Chicana performance artist who is madly in love with her girlfriend, Xochitl. Amanda is about to enjoy a residency at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and plans to film a groundbreaking documentary in Mexico. Then Xochitl’s biological clock begins beeping, Amanda’s father dies, and Amanda is assaulted during an Uber ride. Her life and art are upended and she’s not sure how to get back on track. Written as a series of web posts, Instagram essays, Snapchat posts, rejected Yelp reviews, Facebook screeds, and streams-of-consciousness that merge volcanic confession with eagle-eyed art criticism, Art Is Everything is about a woman who has to grapple with being derailed.After earning her J.D. at Stanford Law School, Yxta Maya Murray clerked for two judges and then joined the Loyola Law School faculty in 1995. Recipient of an Art Writer’s Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, she published a one-act play about the Christine Blasey Ford hearings, titled Advice and Consent (LARB Books 2019) and was named a finalist for the National Magazine Awards in Fiction. Her scholarly work focuses on Community Constitutionalism, Criminal Law, Property Law, Gender Justice, and Law and Literature. Professor Murray has published in a number of law journals, where her most recent work concerns FEMA’s failures in Puerto Rico. As a novelist and art critic, she has published six books and won a 1999 Whiting Writer’s Award. Her seventh novel, Art Is Everything, is being published by TriQuarterly Books. When she is not teaching, reading, or writing, Murray enjoys running, photography, painting, and eating.I interview authors of beautifully written literary fiction and mysteries, and try to focus on independently published novels, especially by women and others whose voices deserve more attention. If your upcoming or recently published novel might be a candidate for a podcast, please contact me via my website, gpgottlieb.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/new-books-network

32mins

5 Jan 2021

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SKYLIT: Yxta Maya Murray, "THE WORLD DOESN"T WORK THAT WAY, BUT IT COULD"

Skylight Books Podcast Series

The gripping, thought-provoking stories in Yxta Maya Murray’s latest collection find their inspiration in the headlines. Here, ordinary people negotiate tentative paths through wildfire, mass shootings, bureaucratic incompetence, and heedless government policies with vicious impacts on the innocent and helpless. A nurse volunteers to serve in catastrophe-stricken Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and discovers that her skill and compassion are useless in the face of stubborn governmental inertia. An Environmental Protection Agency employee, whose agricultural-worker parents died after long exposure to a deadly pesticide, finds herself forced to find justifications for reversing regulations that had earlier banned the chemical. A Department of Education employee in a dystopic future America visits a highly praised charter school and discovers the horrific consequences of academic failure. A transgender trainer of beauty pageant contestants takes on a beautiful Latina for the Miss USA pageant and brings her to perfection and the brink of victory, only to discover that she has a fatal secret.The characters in The World Doesn't Work That Way, but it Could grapple with the consequences of frightening attitudes and policies pervasive in the United States today. The stories explore not only our distressing human capacity for moral numbness in the face of evil, but also reveal our surprising stores of compassion and forgiveness. These brilliantly conceived and beautifully written stories are troubling yet irresistible mirrors of our time. _______________________________________________ Produced by Maddie Gobbo & Michael Kowaleski Theme: "I Love All My Friends," a new, unreleased demo by Fragile Gang. Visit https://www.skylightbooks.com/event for future offerings from the Skylight Books Events team.

31mins

3 Sep 2020

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Yxta Maya Murray, "The World Doesn't Work that Way, But it Could: Stories" (U Nevada Press, 2020)

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A trainer of beauty pageant contestants is disappointed after spending a fortune to prepare a beautiful Latina for the Miss USA pageant, only to learn that she harbors a disqualifying secret. A nurse volunteers to help after Puerto Rico has been devastated by hurricane Maria, only to face a lackadaisical government response. An EPA employee whose parents died from exposure to a pesticide that was later banned, is forced to justify reversing the regulations that would have saved her parents. And a future department of education employee discovers the ultimate cost of federal overreach in primary education. These compelling stories are based on recent headlines from before the pandemic crisis, when environmental regulations were overturned at breakneck speed and society had already started to become numb in the face of moral depravity and a lack of objective truth.The thought-provoking tales in Yxta Maya Murray’s short story collection The World Doesn't Work that Way, But it Could: Stories (University of Nevada Press, 2020) are inspired by recent headlines and court cases in America. Regular people negotiate tentative paths through wildfires, mass shootings, bureaucratic incompetence, and heedless government policies. Characters grapple with the consequences of frightening attitudes pervasive in the United States today, or they struggle to make a living, raise their children, and do a little good in the world. In these brilliantly written stories, Murray explores the human capacity for moral numbness and its opposite, the human desire to be kind and compassionate.If you enjoyed today’s podcast and would like to discuss it further with me and other New Books network listeners, please join us on Shuffle. Shuffle is an ad-free, invite-only network focused on the creativity community. As NBN listeners, you can get special access to conversations with a dynamic community of writers and literary enthusiasts. Sign up by going to www.shuffle.do/NBN/joinG.P. Gottlieb is the author of the Whipped and Sipped Mystery Series and a prolific baker of healthful breads and pastries. Please contact her through her website (GPGottlieb.com) if you wish to recommend an author (of a beautifully-written new novel) to interview, to listen to her previous podcast interviews, to read her mystery book reviews, or to check out some of her awesome recipes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/literature

37mins

18 Aug 2020

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Episode 1: Yxta Maya Murray Reads “After Maria” from Conjunctions

This This This Pod - New Short Fiction Podcast

In this episode, the debut of The Stack, Yxta Maya Murray reads her story “After Maria” from Conjunctions 73: Earth Elegies.Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and law professor living in Los Angeles. She won an Art Writers Grant in 2018. Her new novel, Art Is Everything, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press/Curbstone. Her collection of short fiction, The World Doesn’t Work That Way, but It Could, is forthcoming from University of Nevada Press. Published by Bard College, Conjunctions is a home for innovative fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction by emerging voices and contemporary masters. For nearly forty years, Conjunctions has challenged accepted forms and styles, with equal emphasis on groundbreaking experimentation and rigorous quality. Buy the Issue Subscribe

35mins

9 Mar 2020

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Yxta Maya Murray on Epistemic Injustice & #MeToo

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In this episode, Yxta Maya Murray, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School Los Angeles, discusses her provocative articles "'FEMA Has Been a Nightmare:' Epistemic Injustice in Puerto Rico" and "Draft of a Letter of Recommendation to the Honorable Alex Kozinski, Which I Guess I'm Not Going to Send Now." In addition to being a law professor, Murray is also an essayist and novelist, and her literary perspective deeply inflects her legal scholarship. In "FEMA Has Been a Nightmare", she uses the concept of "epistemic injustice" to show how the government's failed response to Hurricane Maria reflected not epistemic uncertainty about what Puerto Ricans needed, but rather the "testimonial injustice" of officials disbelieving or ignoring the people they were supposed to help. Building from a series of interviews, she uses "uncertainty theory" to explain the causes of the government's comically tragic failure to understand any of the needs of the people it was supposed to help. In "Draft of a Letter", Murray uses a fictional letter of recommendation to show how "hermeneutic injustice" helped spark the #MeToo movement. Typos, strikethroughs, and comments fracture the text, expressing the refusal to be silenced in the form of narrative irruptions. You can read more of Murray's work on her SSRN page. As an aside, I cannot recommend her articles more highly, they are subtle, thought-provoking, and delightfully fun to read.Keywords: Administrative Law, Civil Rights and Discrimination, Constitutional Law, Disaster Law Commons, Law and Politics, Legal Theory See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

46mins

20 Oct 2018