In our afternoon reading: thoughts on new books by Karl Ove Knausgaard and Benjamin Percy, revisiting Charles Mingus’s music, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Benjamin Percy on scary plants, the case for reading in bars, and more.
Last summer saw the publication of Benjamin Percy’s novel The Ninth Metal, the first book in an ongoing series called The Comet Cycle. Percy has touched on science fiction and horror in his fiction, and has written comics set in a shared universe for Marvel and DC; here, he seems to have found a way to bring all of these skills together. I quite liked The Ninth Metal, which essentially took a crime novel template and added an uncanny element — the metal of the title, which falls to earth in the wake of a comet passing by the planet.
New year? New books. January marks a strong beginning to what looks like another excellent literary year. You’ve got thought-provoking nonfiction, transportive fiction, and candid and enduring memoir all on the table. If you’re staying close to home due to cold weather or, er, other reasons this month, you’ve got plenty of new reading material to choose from.
Weekend Bites: Revisiting Karen Tei Yamashita, Lauren Elkin on Transit, Lisa Quigley’s Fiction, and More
In our weekend reading: exploring Karen Tei Yamashita’s bibliography, interviews with Lauren Elkin and Benjamin Percy, and more.
Morning Bites:Mary Gaitskill on Henry Miller, Benjamin Percy, Lisa Marie Basile Interviewed, Harry Mathews, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Mary Gaitskill, thoughts on Benjamin Percy’s new collection, and more.
Morning Bites: Leland Cheuk’s Latest, Saud Alsanousi, Benjamin Percy Interviewed, Heather Christle, and More
In our morning reading: excerpts from books by Leland Cheuk and Heather Christle, an interview with Benjamin Percy, and more.
Morning Bites: Roxane Gay Nonfiction, Rachel Lyon Interviewed, Zadie Smith, Laird Barron on Film, and More
In our morning reading: nonfiction by Roxane Gay, interviews with Rachel Lyon and Benjamin Percy, and more.