In our morning reading: revisiting the music of Labi Siffre, thoughts on Deborah Levy’s new novel, and more.
In our morning reading: a playlist from Jim Ruland, thoughts on Califone’s new album, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Michael Farris Smith, Hugo Award Finalists, Rabih Alameddine Nonfiction, Kelly Fordon’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Michael Farris Smith, new writing from Rabih Alameddine, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Chana Porter and Sarah Moss, fiction by Ken Liu, and more.
The music made by Chicago’s Red Red Meat in the 1990s is every bit as beguiling and surreal as it was at the time. Though there were traces of Americana in the songs that they wrote, there were also moments that eluded easy classification–a quality they share with singer/guitarist Tim Rutili’s current project Califone. The Portland label Jealous Butcher is now in the process of doing deluxe LP versions of Red Red Meat’s discography. I checked in with Rutili via email […]
Want to read the first five chapters of Sam Lipsyte’s forthcoming book, The Ask? BAM! Don DeLillo was on NPR to talk about his new book, Point Omega. The guy from Japanther likes some good books. LitKicks calls Patti Smith’s Just Kids, “the first great book of the new decade“. Melville House has a god on their hands. Shakespeare and a little kid. “Tech-savvy librarians” Califone on tour.