Looking back at musical history with Mavis Staples, interviews with artists Alexander Heir and Steve Keene, thoughts on David Peace’s epic soccer novel, a reading from Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon, and more.
Morning Bites: Helen Oyeyemi, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Reviewed, St. Vincent’s Latest, Tom Williams Interviewed, and More
This morning: praise for Helen Oyeyemi’s new novel, David Edelstein on The Grand Budapest Hotel, things you should not say to a barista, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alain de Botton Interviewed, “White Light/White Heat” Reissued, Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon, Kafka Translated, and More
The Metamorphosis gets a new translation, a look at a deluxe edition of White Light/White Heat, Alain de Botton is interviewed, a look at Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon’s latest, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Thurston Moore at The Stone, Adam Wilson Fiction, Christmas Farce, Dave Van Ronk, and More
This afternoon: Tao Lin reviews Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon’s Nothing, looking at the life of Dave Van Ronk, new fiction from Adam Wilson, Thurston Moore does a residency at The Stone, and more.
We’ll be off tomorrow and Wednesday, returning with new posts on Thursday, 12/26.
Afternoon Bites: Aimee Bender, Kathryn Schulz’s Top 10, Destruction Unit, Alternate Histories, and More
This afternoon: talking literature with Aimee Bender, reviewing Destruction Unit’s latest, alternate histories considered, deep listens to Kanye West, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jane Austen Video Game, Kid Millions, Michel Gondry on Chomsky, Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon’s Playlist, and More
This afternoon: Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon makes Largehearted Boy a playlist, Michel Gondry is interviewed, a Jane Austen video game is coming, and more.
#tobyreads: No Culture Icons
After reading an excellent interview with the author by Sarah McCarry, I ended up picking up Imogen Binnie’s novel Nevada. Which very much felt like the kind of novel I needed to read at a particular point in time: it’s the kind of seemingly effortless novel that, upon further examination, turns out to be very precisely crafted; it’s also heartfelt, cynical, and ambiguous in all the right ways. It’s the story of Maria, a trans woman living in New York City […]