Anyone can be a provocateur for a day. All it takes is a single inflammatory word to ignite the frenzy of distractible dopamine junkies, who quickly move on. Maybe you can spin another day or two out of the pushback. Maybe you live on in the digital stockades after you burp up a few mea culpas that no one believes. But real sustained provocation, the kind that sears and twists and deepens over years, is another matter altogether.
What does the month of July have to offer? Fireworks, rising temperatures, and an increased likelihood of humidity. In terms of books, the outlook is better: everything from debut fiction to reissues of cult novels, along with eagerly awaited books from some of our longtime favorites. Whether you’re headed to the beach or holing up inside with the air conditioning, this month’s new books offer plenty to delight and impress you.
In our morning reading: interviews with Brian Evenson and Karen Stefano, thoughts on Black Midi’s new album, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kali Fajardo-Anstine, remembering Anthony Bourdain, and much more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Rebecca Solnit, new music from Lee Ranaldo, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: new comics by Gabrielle Bell, an interview with Porochista Khakpour, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: remembrances of Anthony Bourdain, an interview with Danez Smith, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on literature and gender; a recent talk on books by N.K. Jemisin, Nnedi Okorafor, and Ibi Zobo; interviews with Terese Svoboda and Anthony Bourdain; and more.