In our morning reading: thoughts on Jorge Consiglio’s fiction, Scott Adlerberg on Ishmael Reed’s fiction, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alexandra Chang, Ramsey Campbell’s Latest, Fernanda Melchor, Sara Rauch’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Alexandra Chang’s new novel, a playlist from Sara Rauch, and more.
Say you’re a fiction writer and you’d like to allude to the communications technologies of the present moment. There are plenty of ways you can do this, from coming up with your own lightly-altered versions of real-world services to embracing an accurate picture of your smartphone’s suite of apps circa the moment you’re putting words on paper. The difficulty with the latter, though, is that the ups and downs of the tech world don’t always match up with the time it takes to get a book published; the way that Vine went from buzzed-about to deprecated in a relatively short period of time illustrates just how difficult of a juggling act this can be.
Morning Bites: Rob Doyle, Hanif Abdurraqib on Bill Withers, Kim Vodicka, Leah Umansky Poetry, and More
In our morning reading: talking with Rob Doyle, new writing by Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.
by Rosamund Lannin
Shani worked in the morning and went to school at night and at the end of most days she felt like a slowly deflating balloon. Especially when Caroline talked. Caroline was talking right now.
“And then he pulled it out and I was like what is that,” Caroline flipped her long, red-gold hair, a sure sign that she was coming up on the punchline: “We got going and I was like is that it, is it even in?”
Weekend Bites: Emily Gould, Carmen Maria Machado Talks Tolkien, Dennis Cooper, Sarah Pinsker Revisited, and More
In our weekend reading: new writing by Emily Gould, revisiting a recent novel by Sarah Pinsker, and more.
Afternoon Bites: The Necks, Emily St. John Mandel Interviewed, Kenneth R. Rosen, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight’s Recommendations, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of The Necks’ new album, an interview with Emily St. John Mandel, and more.
Morning Bites: Fernanda Melchor, Irreversible Entanglements Interviewed, Meghan Lamb, Paul Auster Nonfiction, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Fernanda Melchor’s new novel, nonfiction by Paul Auster, and more.