In our morning reading: a review of Benjamin Myers’s new novel, reactions to book bans, and more.
This week brings with it the paperback release of one of my favorite novels of 2022: Benjamin Myers’s The Perfect Golden Circle. Set in 1989, the novel follows two men, Calvert and Redbone, as they embark on a Quixotic quest to create a series of detailed patterns across rural landscapes in England. Over the course of their novel, their efforts invoke an array of grand ideas, from the bond between two disparate people to the changing sociopolitical landscape around the duo. Plus: crop circles. I spoke with Myers about the origins of this novel, its relationship to the rest of his bibliography, and the role of music in his books.
Morning Bites: Idra Novey on Writing, Rachel Eve Moulton’s Next Book, Ethan Chatagnier’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Idra Novey, a report on the challenges facing libraries, and more.
Morning Bites: Catherine Lacey’s Latest, Benjamin Myers on Napalm Death, Interviewing Layli Long Soldier, and More
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Catherine Lacey’s new novel, Benjamin Myers on metal and history, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Benjamin Myers and Nell Zink, a review of Matmos’s latest album, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Marie Myung-Ok Lee Interviewed, Benjamin Myers’s Playlist, Bud Smith on “Teenager,” and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Marie Myung-Ok Lee and Bud Smith, horror fiction for the summer, and more.
Weekend Bites: Benjamin Myers’s Recommendations, Brenda Lozano’s New Novel, Amia Srinivasan Interviewed, and More
In our weekend reading: recommendations from Benjamin Myers, interviews with Amia Srinivasan and Rachel Yoder, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Lilly Dancyger, “The Underground Railroad” Adapted, B. Catling, Inside Restless Books, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Lilly Dancyger, an excerpt from B. Catling’s new book, and more.