In our morning reading: thoughts on Tricky’s memoir, a conversation with Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
An Unexpected Portrait of a Fictional Seattle: Talking “Emerald City” With Brian Birnbaum
Some novels hew their focus to one particular character or motif, pushing that theme through infinite permutations. Others opt for a sprawling and vivid campus, sometimes combining elements in ways that have never been seen before. That’s the case with Brian Birnbaum and his novel Emerald City. It’s at once a portrait of institutional corruption, a description of a familial relationship unlike many that show up in the pages of fiction, and an illustration of changes taking place in the city of Seattle. I spoke with Birnbaum about the genesis of his novel and how its unique structure evolved.
Vol.1 Brooklyn’s September 2019 Book Preview
And lo, we’re in September. Nominally, the weather should start to get cooler; by month’s end, we might just see the first glimmerings of the coziness that autumn brings. What are we looking forward to reading this month? A whole array of books, from new works by old favorites to long-awaited debuts. There’s a lot to look forward to here; what follows is a look at some of the books we’re most excited about.
Afternoon Bites: Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Carmen Maria Machado on “Little Women,” Graphic Novels and Loneliness, Brian Birnbaum, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kali Fajardo-Aniste, new writing from Carmen Maria Machado and Kristen Radtke, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Craig Laurance Gidney, Jen Doll on “November Rain,” David Leo Rice, Catherine Lacey on Lore Segal, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of Craig Laurance Gidney’s new book, interviews with David Leo Rice and Kevin Barry, and more.