And here we are. It’s November, and the weather is finally starting to feel like it’s fall outside. That’s always a plus. As the proverbial (or literal) mercury drops, it’s turning into the time of the year when bundling up with a book is essential. Whether you’re looking for astute observations on society and culture or lost classics brought back into print, we’ve got some suggestions as to what books due out this month might be of interest.
Afternoon Bites: David Burr Gerrard, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Poetry, Octavia E. Butler, Elle Nash Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing from David Burr Gerrard and Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, an interview with Elle Nash, and more.
First things first: this is not an easy read. Adrian Nathan West’s The Aesthetics of Degradation is a book about the appeal of pornography, and about how it, as a genre, has become increasingly more intense over the years. It contains descriptions of harrowing acts and decidedly extreme personalities; it explores the areas in which the genre crosses over into something mortally reprehensible or illegal. But West’s book also delves into the question of why so many people are drawn […]
In our weekend reading: a discussion of Marianne Fritz’s reading, Maris Kreizman talks books, notes on Cameron Pierce’s new book, and more.