There is something bizarre and unsettling at the core of Colin Winnette’s oeuvre, and whatever magical thing that is, it displays its power like the tail of a peacock in his latest, The Job of the Wasp. Released by Soft Skull Press, an indie press that ranks amongst my favorites, The Job of the Wasp is what would happen if William Golding’s Lord of the Flies crashed against Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone at high speed in a room […]
Afternoon Bites: Kate Braverman Revisited, Deb Olin Unferth, Andrea Gibson’s Playlist, Willy Vlautin Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on short fiction by Kate Braverman and Deb Olin Unferth, a playlist by Andrea Gibson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a report from a Richard Lloyd book event, notes on Peter Hujar’s photography, delving into Brooklyn’s history, and more.
Some writers make use of ambiguity as a device in their work. In the case of Colin Winnette, it’s more like a weapon. In his recent novel Haints Stay, he one-upped the concept of the acid Western by presenting two killers whose relationship to one another shifts in unpredictable and revelatory ways. His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, begins with a young man arriving at an isolated school for orphans, where he soon discovers conspiracies, unsettling histories, and […]
In our morning reading: new writing by Leslie Jamison and Vi Khi Nao, previewing Yo La Tengo’s new album, and more.
Morning Bites: Jenny Diski, John Keene Interviewed, Colin Winnette’s Playlist, Betty Davis Revisited, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Jenny Diski and Chris Ware, a playlist from Colin Winnette, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Colin Winnette Interviewed, Story Prize Finalists, Karen Lord Revisited, Ismail Kadare, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Colin Winnette, thoughts on books by Karen Lord and Ismail Kadare, and more.
Well, it’s the start of a new year. Ostensibly, it’s a time for resolutions, for carefully mapping out goals and milemarkers for the months to come. It’s also, as we write these words, brutally cold, and thus the perfect time to find somewhere warm and sit down with a good book. Thankfully, January has plenty of excellent-looking ones due out that should get you through this cold spell, and the cold spells still to come.