In our afternoon reading: reviews of works by Zadie Smith and John Cage, revisiting the life of Nicanor Parra, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alejandro Zambra Interviewed, Yaa Gyasi, Annie DeWitt Fiction, Joanna C. Valente Poetry, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Alejandro Zambra, poetry by Joanna C. Valente and Roberto Montes, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alejandro Zambra Interviewed, Claire-Louise Bennett, Walter Mosley’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking books with Alejandro Zambra and Dexter Palmer, talking comics and music with Scott McClanahan, and more.
Our most anticipated reads for the month of July are a disparate bunch: there’s formally inventive fiction, in-depth explorations of beloved cultural phenomena, expansive looks at the evolution of a genre, and skewed looks at the past, present, and future. And there’s also a striking-looking graphic novel exploring the singular life of a cult musician. As the temperature gets higher and the range of outdoor activities grows, here are a number of reasons to carry a book with you as […]
Morning Bites: New xTx, Kendrick Lamar & Toni Morrison, A Matt Bell Excerpt, Karen Dalton Revisited, and More
In this morning’s reading: an excerpt from a new book by Matt Bell, new writing from xTx, a film co-written by Halle Butler has a fundraiser going on, and more.
Alejandro Zambra’s fiction shouldn’t work nearly as well as it does. Metafictional tropes abound: his 2011 novel Ways of Going Home blurs the line between a narrative of a generation coming to terms with Pinochet-era horrors and a writer debating just how autobiographical he should make that narrative. The climax of his earlier novel The Private Lives of Trees is an imagined one, the central character imagining the child left in his care growing into adulthood, his own role in […]
Afternoon Bites: The Go-Betweens, Remembering David Carr, Porochista Khakpour Interviewed, Sarah Gerard, and More
In our afternoon reading: histories of The Go-Betweens and Godflesh, interviews with Sarah Gerard and Porochista Khakpour, notes on the new collection from Alejandro Zambra, and more.
February’s on us now, and the notable books due out this month are a wide-ranging group. There’s surreal fiction, including the first new collection from Kelly Link in several years; memoirs by two key figures in New York City’s music scene; astute takes on politics and literature from a writer who’s called cities on three continents home; and much more.