In our afternoon reading: book recommendations from Viet Thanh Nguyen, fiction by David Leo Rice, and more.
Morning Bites: Lauren Oyler, Tod Goldberg Interviewed, Michael Zapruder, Hand Habits’ Latest, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Lauren Oyler, new music from Hand Habits, and more.
Afternoon Bites: María José Ferrada Interviewed, Isabel Yap’s Latest, Philip Roth Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with María José Ferrada, writers on choices, and more.
Morning Bites: Zak Salih Interviewed, Cassandra Khaw, Danielle Evans on Fiction, Ijeoma Oluo, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Zak Salih, thoughts on Michaelangelo Matos’s latest book, and more.
The Parallel of Water & Air
by Jesi Bender
No man’s life is his own. He exists for others, in others. “No man is an island.”
Perhaps he is more the ocean. He touches every edge as an unwalkable bridge. He evaporates, an ether absorbed and expelled. And, of course, he rocks, restless, against, against, against.
Weekend Bites: Mariana Enriquez, Elizabeth Knox’s Playlist, Zak Salih, Taylor Johnson’s Poetry, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on Mariana Enriquez’s fiction, a playlist from Elizabeth Knox, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Randa Jarrar, notes on Stereolab’s new record, and more.
There is a moment in her new book The Pahrump Report, when Lisa Carver responds to a question about her occupation by answering: “I am a writer.” Yet in that moment, the word “writer” struck me as a lacking descriptor for all that Carver does in creating a written work of art.
The book chronicles a dizzying three-year period of Carver’s life, as she moves across the country with her husband, builds a home, gets divorced, rents an apartment, falls in love, gets betrayed, tries doing stand-up comedy, visits a brothel and has several other Pahrumpian adventures. It’s a piece that most exemplifies Carver’s skill for not just making a living from writing, but more importantly, making her writing from living.