Rob Spillman talks with Helen Phillips, whose debut novel The Beautiful Bureaucrat has been widely praised, including by the New York Times Book Review, which called it "a riveting, drolly surreal debut novel." Kakfaesque, comic, and moving, Phillips's novel captures modern urban existentialism like few can. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed story collection And Yet They Were Happy. Her work has been featured on PRI's Selected Shorts, at the Brooklyn Museum, and in Tin House, The New York Times, Electric Literature, New York Magazine, and BOMB, among other outlets. She teaches in the MFA program at Brooklyn College.
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