This afternoon: Interviews with Roxane Gay and Adam Wilson, notes on book-lending, Max Richter and the rise of “post-classical” music, the writings of Hope Hale Davis, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Adam Wilson, Odets and Hollywood, Richard Hell, “Dylan’s Gospel” Reviewed, and More
This afternoon: talking Richard Hell, Clifford Odets in Hollywood, notes on Afrofuturism, Adam Wilson at the Center for Fiction, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Adam Wilson, D. Foy’s Playlist, Murray Farish Interviewed, Jodorowsky at MoMA, and More
This afternoon: D. Foy made a playlist, a lengthy interview with Adam Wilson, the “creative nonfiction” aesthetic on film, and much more.
What’s Important is Feeling by Adam Wilson Harper Perennial; 200 p. In a conversation with author Adam Wilson, he conveyed that though he envisions himself as “a humanist in society he aims for nihilism in his writing.” This pithy and insightful phrase captures a deep desire of many writers in our environment: the desire for pure freedom. Most writers understandably chafe at the notion that you can place any limits on what fiction can or ought to do, and therefore […]
Afternoon Bites: Jennifer Senior Interviewed, Lorrie Moore’s Latest, Reading James Thurber, Adam Wilson, and More
A look at Lorrie Moore’s new collection, taking comic fiction and empathy with Adam Wilson, a history of mail art, literary magazines respond to the VIDA Count, and more.
Morning Bites: Javier Mariás Interviewed, An Adam Wilson Playlist, Neneh Cherry’s Latest, Jamie Iredell, and More
This morning: insightful interviews with Javier Mariás and Jamie Iredell, Craig Finn supplies a playlist for Adam Wilson’s new collection, Isaac Fitzgerald goes deep into the world of Twitter fiction, and more.
Getting laughs and pathos from the same work of fiction is a hard thing to do. Adam Wilson’s previous book, Flatscreen, did so regularly, with wry observations juxtaposed with a real sense of loss. As good as that book was, his new collection What’s Important is Feeling, is even better — bleak scenarios and economic anxiety coexist with awkward sex, failed relationships, and barely sublimated loathing. Wilson is excellent at finding the pathos of characters one wouldn’t normally find empathy for: […]
Morning Bites: Dickensian Birthday, Alexander Chee on Outrage, New Adam Wilson, Mark McGuire Interviewed, and More
This morning: a very Charles Dickens birthday, Alexander Chee on internet outrage, Mark McGuire is interviewed, new fiction from Adam Wilson, and more.