To be a part of the literary community over the last few weeks has involved seeing months’ worth of events rescheduled, canceled, or shifted online. In some cases, this has been due to precautions taken to prevent coronavirus infection; in others, it’s due to writers canceling book tours. The Loft’s Wordplay Festival is shifting from an in-person event to one that will take place in a host of online spaces, for instance. As writers, publishers, and event planners look out at this shifting landscape, a host of questions come to mind. If events aren’t feasible right now, are there alternatives? Are live-streamed readings and discussions the new normal when it comes to literary events? Is there a way to capture that same sense of community that the best literary events held in a physical space can accomplish?
In our morning reading: thoughts on a novel by Vasily Grossman, new writing from Brian Gresko, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Karen Russell and Max Porter, a playlist from Peter Rock, and more.
In our afternoon reading: book recommendations from Maria Dahvana Headley, new fiction by Lincoln Michel, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Rosalie Knecht’s new novel, new writing by Richard Chiem, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Michael Chabon, thoughts on new work by Body/Head and Aaron Gilbreath, and more.
The Width of Instinct by Brian Gresko I tell Max the whole mess starts with the goddamn cat. And then I thunk the bottle of rye on the table for emphasis. Max, following my lead, groans. “The cat?” he says. “Again, Max?” We call one another Max. A nod to our favorite Woody Allen movie. You know, the one where he jokes that he’d never join a club that would want a person like him for a member? I […]