In our afternoon reading: a review of Craig Laurance Gidney’s new book, interviews with David Leo Rice and Kevin Barry, and more.
Of Rats and Men
by Luna Adler
On the eve of Thanksgiving, you open your front door to find a dead rat sprawled in the middle of the sidewalk. The animal resembles a half-smashed piñata, shapely but definitely battered, with blood leaking from its body. Sure, you believe yourself to be handy—you know the difference between a Phillips head screwdriver and a slot head and, to the chagrin of everyone who loves you, have never been afraid to mess with a few electrical wires. But you have major issues with vermin and in the past your boyfriend would have dealt with it. Now, three months after your break-up, there are less than 24 hours before your mother arrives for Thanksgiving dinner and a giant rat lays dead by your doorstep.
Morning Bites: Iris Murdoch Remembered, Annie Proulx on William Gass’s Fiction, Steve Almond Interviewed, The Moles, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the work of Iris Murdoch, Steve Almond discussed his book about “Stoner,” and more.
Afternoon Bites: Juliet Escoria’s Latest, Inside “The After-Normal,” Matt Zoller Seitz’s “Deadwood” Book, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Juliet Escoria’s new novel, interviews with Brian Evenson and Lauren Beukes, and more.
John Langan’s fiction brings together two seemingly disparate strengths: his way of structuring narratives is often revelatory, and his stories and novels themselves are frequently unnerving. Langan writes horror fiction, but his isn’t so much about jump-scares as it is about being in the presence of the inexplicable. There are uncanny hauntings and bizarre fatalities in it, to be sure, but Langan’s horror takes a very different form from many writers in the genre, past or present.
In our morning reading: interviews with Nicole Dennis-Benn and Lauren Mechling, Big Other is starting its own award, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Toni Morrison Documentary, Titus Andronicus, Shellac’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, reviews of new albums from Titus Andronicus and Shellac, and more.
Morning Bites: Tyrese Coleman Interviewed, Danielle Dutton on Ann Quin, Jessica Francis Kane Nonfiction, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Jessica Francis Kane and The Ramones, revisiting the fiction of Ann Quin, and more.