In our morning reading: fiction by Mia Couto, reviews of books by Elizabeth McCracken and Yiyun Li, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mark Doten, Revisiting Roberto Bolaño, Ross Gay Interviewed, Snowden Wright’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Mark Doten’s new novel, an interview with Ross Gay, and more.
Morning Bites: Victor LaValle and Marlon James, Sylvia Plath’s Lost Novels, Jamila Woods’s New Album, Michael Chapman, and More
In our morning reading: Victor LaValle and Marlon James in conversation, a review of Kelby Losack’s new novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Sandra Cisneros, Lisa Wells Nonfiction, Mira Jacobs, Revisiting Olga Slavnikova, and More
In our afternoon reading: an award for Sandra Cisneros, new writing from Lisa Wells, and much more.
As Amazon sets upon its tax-sponsored path of evicting every last New Yorker, turn-of-the-millennium Seattle looms as the inexorable cautionary tale, the gold rush prototype of full-throttle technocratic gentrification. To apply a gauzy retrospective lens, the specter of early-2000s Seattle evokes not only a simpler, more innocent age, but one which augured the crises which would kneecap the soaring economy. In a cynical light, the murderer’s row of 21st century doomsdays—dot-com boom, housing bubble, Silicon Valley oligopoly, Facebook’s unfurling the carpet for Trump’s 2016 sweep—were beta-tested in a Seattle incubator.
Morning Bites: Machado de Assis, Jami Attenberg’s Latest, Marlon James, Hanif Abdurraqib’s Playlist, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Machado de Assis and Marlon James, talking with Jami Attenberg about her next novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Alexis M. Smith in conversation with Nicola Griffith, new writing from Kashana Cauley, and more.
This February brings with it plenty to savor, literarily speaking. Among the highlights from the month’s books are new works by the writers behind several of our recent favorites, from incisive nonfiction to imaginative fiction. There’s also some bold work appearing in translation for the first time. Here’s a look at some of the books we’re most excited about this month.