Afternoon Bites: Alissa Nutting Talks “Tampa,” A.S. Byatt on Neil Gaiman, Anticipated Books, William Basinski’s “Nocturnes,” and More


“I do think there’s an advantage to writing about characters who have an obsession, because you always have their monomania to guide the voice, like a compass…” Blake Butler interviewed Alissa Nutting about her new novel Tampa.

The Millions has a list up of their most anticipated books for the second half of 2013.

Jon Hopkins was interviewed at Pitchfork, covering everything from Groundhog Day to Brian Eno.

“There is a peculiar pleasure about reading as an adult what gripped the child’s imagination.” A.S. Byatt reviewed the latest from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

Hobart has an excerpt up from Bryan Warfield’s novella Bridges No Longer Span These Waters.

“…this is the music of an extended moment; this is everything that exists inside a single note, inside an individual texture.” Ezra Elliott on William Basinski’s Nocturnes.

Hey, it’s a new collection from Chicago’s Ben Tanzer. Which apparently features riffs on both Richard Simmons and Henry Darger; interest: piqued.

“If the late, great William Gaddis decided to haunt a guy who was possessed by Joseph Heller, that guy would be Richard Melo.” Richard Melo’s Happy Talk was reviewed in the latest Shelf Awareness.

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