In our weekend reading: thoughts on Bethany C. Morrow’s novel, an interview with Amber Sparks, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Brandon Taylor’s Latest, Amit Chaudhuri Interviewed, Amber Sparks Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Brandon Taylor’s new collection, an interview with Torrey Peters, and more.
Weekend Bites: Gina Apostol’s Latest, Tim Kinsella, Amber Sparks Nonfiction, Jameson Fitzpatrick, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on books by Gina Apostol and Magnus Mills, new writing by Amber Sparks, and more.
Afternoon Bites: B.R. Yeager, Guillermo Stitch’s Latest, Amber Sparks, Tim Horvath Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on B.R. Yeager’s new novel, essays by Amber Sparks and Nina McConigley, and more.
Afternoon Bites: JD Scott, Kurt Baumeister Interviewed, Amber Sparks, Quarantine Zines, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of JD Scott’s new book, an interview with Amber Sparks, and more.
The Surreal Modernity of Amber Sparks: A Review of “And I Do Not Forgive You”
Say you’re a fiction writer and you’d like to allude to the communications technologies of the present moment. There are plenty of ways you can do this, from coming up with your own lightly-altered versions of real-world services to embracing an accurate picture of your smartphone’s suite of apps circa the moment you’re putting words on paper. The difficulty with the latter, though, is that the ups and downs of the tech world don’t always match up with the time it takes to get a book published; the way that Vine went from buzzed-about to deprecated in a relatively short period of time illustrates just how difficult of a juggling act this can be.
Literary Events Go Virtual in the Time of COVID-19
To be a part of the literary community over the last few weeks has involved seeing months’ worth of events rescheduled, canceled, or shifted online. In some cases, this has been due to precautions taken to prevent coronavirus infection; in others, it’s due to writers canceling book tours. The Loft’s Wordplay Festival is shifting from an in-person event to one that will take place in a host of online spaces, for instance. As writers, publishers, and event planners look out at this shifting landscape, a host of questions come to mind. If events aren’t feasible right now, are there alternatives? Are live-streamed readings and discussions the new normal when it comes to literary events? Is there a way to capture that same sense of community that the best literary events held in a physical space can accomplish?
Afternoon Bites: Andrew Krivak’s Playlist, Amber Sparks, Adrienne Miller’s Memoir, Kim Gordon, and More
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Andrew Krivak, an interview with Kim Gordon, and more.