Currents, an Interview Series with Brian Alan Ellis (Episode 10: Claire Hopple)

Claire Hopple

CLAIRE HOPPLE lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and is the author of It’s Hard to Say (word west, 2021), Tell Me How You Really Feel (Maudlin House, 2020), Tired People Seeing America (Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2019), and Too Much of the Wrong Thing (Truth Serum Press, 2017). Her fiction has appeared in Hobart, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, New World Writing, Timber, and other places. She’s just a steel town girl on a Saturday night.

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‘Trane: An Excerpt From Harold Jaffe’s “BRUT”

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We’re pleased to present an excerpt from Harold Jaffe’s new book BRUT, out this week on Anti-Oedipus Press. BRUT focuses on several generations of artists and thinkers, featuring scenes and observations on the likes of Alberto Giacometti, William Blake, and James Baldwin. In this excerpt, Jaffe delivers a concise look at the way one musician’s life overlapped with the history of two nations.

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Artifacts, Merch Tables, and Hauntings: Mairead Case on “Tiny”

Mairead Case

Mairead Case’s first novel, See You In the Morning, was a moving and unpredictable coming-of-age story; I spoke with her about it in 2015. Her new novel, Tiny, uses a more formally inventive structure to tell a story of family, grief, and community. (It’s also a retelling of Antigone.) It’s a fantastic work in its own right and an impressive demonstration of what Case is capable of, a work that’s simultaneously intimate and epic. We checked in via email to talk about the book’s origins and the ways in which it resonates right now. Experimental post-punk bands/art projects came up as well, as they tend to do.

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Wasted Awareness: A Review of Lauren Oyler’s “Fake Accounts”

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Philip Roth famously wrote in 1961 that the increasing unreality of American life threatened to outrace the imagination of American fiction, and that there was little hope for novelists against a news cycle that, as he put it, stupefied, sickened and infuriated on a daily basis. This turned out to be false, but writers have had to work double-time to keep up with the culture. Indeed, many great novels in the second half of the 20th century dramatize this very inability to cope with the derangement of modern times. That writers would try to assimilate the insanity of the Trump-era into their work is thus a foregone conclusion. Many of these attempts are likely still in the works, but Lauren Oyler’s debut novel Fake Accounts takes one of the first real cracks at it.

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn’s February 2021 Book Preview

February 2021 books

It is quite snowy in our corner of the world right now. Remember winter? Winter apparently did. We’d say that it’s the perfect time to curl up with a book, but you’ve probably figured that out on your own. This month brings new books from a number of our favorite writers, along with some highly anticipated debuts and a few books capable of transporting you to an entirely new time and place. Here are some of our favorites.

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