In our morning reading: short fiction by Brandon Taylor and Usman T. Malik, an interview with Werner Herzog, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Benjamin DeVos, Yan Lianke’s Memoir, Lucinda Williams, Imbolo Mbue Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Benjamin DeVos and Yan Lianke, an interview with Imbolo Mbue, and more.
I bought Benjamin DeVos’s Lord of the Game a few months ago for a couple reasons. I mean, it’s got a sick title. It’s got a Sam Pink painting on the cover. And my wife was gonna go into labor at any time, and so I needed a fresh smallie to take with me to the hospital. I never did get a chance to open it up in the hospital (a birth is a very exciting time, you might be surprised to find out), so instead I opted to read it out loud to this new infant daughter of mine during our formative midnight hangout sessions. We both loved it. Well, I loved it. She mostly slept through it. And the same thing with DeVos’s more comedic The Bar is Low and his strange, nihilist, subversive, satirical collection Madness Has a Moment and Then Vanishing Before Returning Again. We had a blast, in our own ways.