In our weekend reading: interviews with Carlos Fonseca and Jessamine Chan, reviews of books by Janice Lee and Dana Spiotta, and more.
Dana Spiotta’s Wayward follows the contentious path of Sam, who falls in love with a decrepit yet glorious Arts and Crafts bungalow in downtown Syracuse, leaving behind her husband Matt and daughter Ally to start a new life. While the novel doesn’t jab at the tilt of western society — and America in particular, toppled by the election of Trump — it stabs us straight in the heart, right where the knife belongs. Locked into a society that seems to evolve without us, it’s driven by a tribal mentality with the help of social media on steroids and textbook activism so finding her place without the anchor of family is a challenge. AIgorithms, hardly artificial as they represent the worst of human tendencies and rarely intelligent, reduce the lives around her into a ravenous, heterogenous blob that consumes anything and everything 24/7. All of which is evident when it spills over into group think as activists and renegades stake their place in a kind of Kabuki theatre of the absurd. Alongside the need to promote that which they consume, bloated by misinformation and seduced by material wealth, they belong in a parallel universe, which Spiotta brilliantly illuminates through her laser-sharp prose, revealing an admirable take on culture where authenticity isn’t valued over recognition.
Morning Bites: Larissa Pham Interviewed, Joanna Walsh, July’s Translated Literature, Dana Spiotta, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Larissa Pham and Dana Spiotta, new writing by Caryn Rose, and more.
Morning Bites: Dana Spiotta, Colson Whitehead Interviewed, Nate Powell, The Goon Sax’s Recommendations, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Dana Spiotta and Colson Whitehead, recommendations from The Goon Sax, and more.
Morning Bites: Kristen Millares Young Nonfiction, Dana Spiotta on Fiction, Alex DiFrancesco on Monsters, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Kristen Millares Young, an interview with Dana Spiotta, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Dana Spiotta’s Latest, Jeannette Ng Nonfiction, Anjali Enjeti Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Dana Spiotta’s new novel, interviews with Anjali Enjeti and Martin Padgett, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mishka Shubaly, Patricia Lockwood on American Politics, Dana Spiotta’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Mishka Shubaly; nonfiction from Zinzi Clemmons, Patricia Lockwood, and Kaitlyn Greenidge; and more.
Weekend Bites: Colson Whitehead on Mark Beyer, Dana Spiotta Interviewed, Mark de Silva, A. Igoni Barrett’s Latest, and More
In our weekend reading: new writing from Colson Whitehead, interviews with Kaitlyn Greenidge and Dana Spiotta, and more.