In our morning reading: thoughts on Bill Callahan’s new album, an excerpt from Sarah Rose Etter’s novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: João Gilberto Noll’s Latest, Jeff Jackson, David Leo Rice Excerpted, Hugo Nominees, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a newly-translated novel by João Gilberto Noll, Jeff Jackson on the making of his latest, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Craig Laurance Gidney, Jen Doll on “November Rain,” David Leo Rice, Catherine Lacey on Lore Segal, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of Craig Laurance Gidney’s new book, interviews with David Leo Rice and Kevin Barry, and more.
Describing David Leo Rice‘s new novel ANGEL HOUSE is the stuff out of which madness arises. There’s a godlike being answering to mysterious, ominous superiors; there’s a town created spontaneously from a blank landscape; there’s a running subplot about filmaking; and the lines between consciousnesses occasionally blur. (I should mention here that I’m not entirely unbiased regarding ANGEL HOUSE, by which I mean that I blurbed this book.) Rice has created something here that conjures up memories of the works of Julio Cortazár and Michael Cisco: it’s primally unsettling and unnervingly compelling. I asked him some questions about it on the eve of its release this week.
Morning Bites: Helen DeWitt, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s New Novel, David Leo Rice, Brian Evenson’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Helen DeWitt, reviews of books by Nicole Dennis-Benn and Brian Evenson, and more.
What does the month of June have in store for us? When it comes to books, plenty. A few debut novels we’ve been excited about since they were first announced, some new works by longtime Vol.1 Brooklyn favorites, and some works in translation that promise to expand our horizons. Here’s a look at some of the books that have us most intrigued for the month to come.
Afternoon Bites: André Alexis, Revisiting “The Tale of Genji,” Forrest Gander’s Recommendations, David Leo Rice, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from André Alexis’s new novel, an interview with David Leo Rice, and much more.
Jonathan Edwards, Rabbi
by David Leo Rice
My family, let there be no obfuscation or mincing of words by dint of false modesty, is descended from a long, long line of Northampton Jews, going all the way back to its most prominent and controversial rabbi, Jonathan Edwards himself, considered by many to have been the town’s founder, in spirit if not also in deed.