It is quite snowy in our corner of the world right now. Remember winter? Winter apparently did. We’d say that it’s the perfect time to curl up with a book, but you’ve probably figured that out on your own. This month brings new books from a number of our favorite writers, along with some highly anticipated debuts and a few books capable of transporting you to an entirely new time and place. Here are some of our favorites.
In our afternoon reading: a review of Brandon Hobson’s new novel, an interview with Mogwai, and more.
In our morning reading: a playlist from JD Scott, thoughts on Brandon Hobson’s new book, and more.
The fiction we admired most in 2018 ran the proverbial gamut from thought-provoking surrealism to evocative realism. Some illuminated the present day or recent past, while others ventured into much more uncharted territory. Some took us to unimaginable psyches; others showcased how ordinary people dealt with the extraordinary. Here’s a look at ten of our favorite works of fiction this year.
In our morning reading: new writing by Brandon Hobson and Alex McElroy, revisiting the music of Chic, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Brandon Hobson and Kristen Arnett look back at the year, Jonathan Lethem discusses narrators, and more.
In our afternoon reading: revisiting the music of This Heat, new comics from Lincoln Michel and John Dermot Woods, and much more.
Like the tone of my favorite guitarists, some authors possess voices I immediately recognize. Brandon Hobson belongs to that list. Gloom, bizarre events, and beautiful-yet-unpretentious writing are the translucent shellac covering of a style that hides a raw, beating heart full of longing at it’s center. In Where the Dead Sit Talking, Hobson is once again in fine form, delivering a lyrical, somewhat brutal, and very touching coming of age story set in rural Oklahoma in the late 1980s.