The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance.
In our morning reading: interviews with Patti Smith and Josh Denslow, thoughts on Mary Ruefle’s new book, and more.
In our morning reading: revisiting the books of Jean Rhys, new writing from Bud Smith, and more.
In our weekend reading: book recommendations from Mira Jacob, an interview with Nina MacLaughlin, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from T Fleischmann and Bud Smith, a report from a Philip Roth book stand, and more.
About two years ago I left grad school and got a big boy job. And it was as if someone flipped a switch behind the scenes of my life: all of a sudden, I felt free. And for the first time in a long while, I was able to read books. I could read for fun. I could read without having to worry about wasting time, without having to feel guilty about reading for no other reason than to enjoy it. So I bought books, I bought them from all kinds of stores, from websites, from yard sales. It was great, and I was constantly looking for new stuff to read but didn’t know what to look for. Then I realized that back when I did read books – back before grad school – I had briefly touched upon this world of independent literature that felt so wild and free. So I went back to see what was up, to see what I should be reading, and by convoluted paths over recommendations and tracing out who’s friends with who and mapping out which presses put out which books and etc. and so on, I remember at some point just staring at the evocative and bold cover of Double Bird on the Maudlin House website and thinking “I bet this is good.” Then I looked up some of Bud’s writing and decided “ok, yeah, this is good,” and ordered the dang thing.
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Bryan Washington, thoughts on Summer Brennan’s new book, poetry by Bud Smith, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Esmé Weijun Wang and Bud Smith, book recommendations from Victor LaValle, and more.