James Renner’s The Man From Primrose Lane is a head-spinning novel that opens as a kind of locked-room mystery and then gets exponentially weirder, and steadily more compelling. And now, Renner has made a playlist for Largehearted Boy. On “Aqualung”: “If you’re writing about creepy serial killers hunting young girls, you must download this oldie.” (Fun facts: one Vol.1 editor has been known to sing a mean “Aqualung” at karaoke.)
- Today marks the first matchup in 2012’s Tournament of Books: Emma Straub on Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending and Donald Ray Pollock’s The Devil All the Time. (Ms. Straub will also be reading in Manhattan later tonight.)
- featherproof books and Drag City will be releasing an anthology of the literary magazine The Minus Times later this year.
- At MobyLives, Paul Oliver on the recent Times piece on longform journalism.
- Literary Death Match turns six. Happy birthday, Literary Death Match!