In our afternoon reading: Brian Evenson fiction, previewing the rest of 2023 in books, and more.
Who was the first storyteller to level up the haunted house? To put it another way: tales of houses haunted by restless spirits are unsettling enough. Who was the first person to see a haunted house as a place where existence itself could become malleable? As a concept, you can see wildly different manifestations of it in Mark Z. Danielewski’s novel House of Leaves and Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard’s comic book Home Sick Pilots. And then there’s Alison Rumfitt’s Tell Me I’m Worthless, which also nestles a kind of relentless, indescribable horror between the four walls of a home — but also finds a way to tap into some of the most urgent themes of the present moment.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Hua Hsu’s memoir, fiction from Zack Graham and Brian Evenson, and more.
Weekend Bites: Isaac Fitzgerald on Writing, Émile Zola and Consumerism, Meghan Lamb’s Playlist, and More
In our weekend reading: an interview with Isaac Fitzgerald, an interview with Meghan Lamb, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Julia Cameron on Creativity, PEN America Literary Awards, Circuit des Yeux Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Julia Cameron and Circuit des Yeux, literary award finalists announced, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Revisiting Jean Rhys, Zadie Smith on Joan Didion, Chris Kelso’s Collection, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Jean Rhys’s books, Zadie Smith on Joan Didion, and more.
We’ll be taking the weekend off, with normal posting resuming on Monday.
Afternoon Bites: Brian Evenson on Gene Wolfe, Nawaaz Ahmed Interviewed, Lance Olsen Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: Brian Evenson on unreliable narrators, an interview with Nawaaz Ahmed, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Brian Evenson on the Uncanny, Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist, Elizabeth Hand’s New Novel, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Brian Evenson, thoughts on Claire Messud’s next book, and more.