In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah and Ian King, delving into art history, and more.
What Happened in Namaqualand?
by Leila Green
A twelve-year-old boy shows up to his father’s doorstep with one pair of jeans, two t-shirts, a toothbrush, a hairbrush and a bar of soap. He’s come from Cape Town to Namaqualand with everything but memories; he’s never met his father. But he got invited and his mother insisted, so he boarded a bus and held his breath.
He knocks on the door. It opens. The father, Mychal, stands with his arms anxiously ajar. Wisps of rain sneak through the threshold as the boy, Shane, enters the neat home: a tiny rondavel on the edge of a vast veld. Farmer’s quarters. For one month, this will be his home. After, school will start again, and he’ll take the bus back to his mother’s home in Cape Town.
Weekend Bites: Arthur Machen Revisited, R. O. Kwon, Anne Lamott Interviewed, Drew Millard Fiction, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the writings of Arthur Machen, interviews with R. O. Kwon and Anne Lamott, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Sierra Nelson, Joseph Fink Interviewed, Musicians on Voting, Michael J. Seidlinger Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a new book by Sierra Nelson, interviews with Joseph Fink and Michael J. Seidlinger, and more.
Morning Bites: Cat Power’s Recommendations, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Fiction, Julia Holter, Olga Tokarczuk, and More
In our morning reading: musical recommendations from Cat Power, thoughts on Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s fiction, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Beastie Boys Retrospective, Akwaeke Emezi, Steve Reich Interviewed, Jonathan Lethem’s Inspirations, and More
In our afternoon reading: a look at the new Beastie Boys retrospective, interviews with Akwaeke Emezi and Steve Reich, and more.
And here we go, deeper into fall. Daylight Savings Time looms this weekend, making for shorter days and longer nights; colder temperatures beckon. Does that make it the right time of the year to curl up with a book? Well, sure–but is there ever not a good time of year for that? Among the books we’re most excited about this month are bold riffs on detective fiction, genre-defying narratives, and works of fiction and nonfiction that put politics and culture into sharp relief. Here are some November books (plus a pair from the final days of October) that have caught our eye.
Morning Bites: Earthsea Revisited, Literary Hoaxes, Jeanette Ng Nonfiction, Shelley Jackson Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting a classic by Ursula K. Le Guin, thoughts on literary hoaxes and mythologized hometowns, and more.