In our morning reading: exploring the writings of Clarice Lispector, an interview with Nicholas Mancusi, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Ocean Vuong Interviewed, Lidia Yuknavitch, Ryan Chapman Interviewed, Melissa Febos, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Ocean Vuong and Melissa Febos, thoughts on the fiction of Marguerite Duras, and more.
On Springsteen and Other Fathers
by Rax King
My father dies towards the beginning of a year that ends with the release of Springsteen on Broadway on Netflix. He loved the Boss, the E Street Band, and especially Clarence Clemons, so this is just one more thing that he would have really liked…would have. But he’s never going to see it, just like he’ll never see a post-Trump America or the end of Game of Thrones.
Morning Bites: Nicholas Mancusi, Ann Quin Revisited, Bjørn Rasmussen, Taffy Brodesser-Akner Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Nicholas Mancusi, reviews of books by Bjørn Rasmussen and Laila Lalami, and more.
In our afternoon reading: exploring Liu Cixin’s fiction, a review of Karen Stefano’s memoir, and more.
Risto— Aristofano Al’Kair— is a rarity in contemporary Italy, an immigrant success story out of Africa. Born in Mogadishu, he’s earned Italian citizenship and lives in Naples with a wife native to the city, and here he runs a successful art gallery in a good neighborhood. Here near the novel’s start, a couple of disturbing developments have left Risto unsettled, heading on foot up from downtown to a sketchier neighborhood, home to his distant relative Eftah. This older immigrant is gay and has shakier legal standing, in Italy, yet has made a home and remains Risto’s closest thing to family.
In our morning reading: an interview with Adam Tedesco, a report from the Poetry to the People tour, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Dorothea Lasky on Creativity, Natalie Eilbert, John Domini Interviewed, “Unknown Pleasures” at 40, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Dorothea Lasky, looking back at a classic album from Joy Division, and more.