In our morning reading: Tom Peyer on Edgar Allan Poe comics, revisiting the music of Talking Heads, and more.
Dusting Off: “A Better Angel”
A Better Angel: Stories by Chris Adrian Farrar, Strauss and Giroux; 229 p. Posted by Tobias Carroll Chris Adrian doesn’t think small. His first novel, Gob’s Grief, concerns itself with the construction of a machine to resurrect the Civil War’s dead; his second, The Children’s Hospital, opens with the modern world swept away by deluge. Each one sprawls, blending hard-scrabble realism with outright fantasy, enmeshing historical figures in ahistorical moments, colliding mysticism and scientific rationality. The endurance of trauma and […]
Underwater New York and Significant Objects Team Up
A pan flute, a kangamouse deity, and a little yellow bear: the Significant Objects/Underwater New York team-up has yielded three great stories by Deb Olin Unferth, Kathryn Davis, and Chris Adrian in as many days.