Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s forthcoming book Music to My Eyes, due out on April 1st on Tortoise Books. In it, Samarov turns the spotlight on several of the musicians who have impressed him most over the years, bringing together his impressions of their sound with memories of a changing Chicago — and, of course, his artwork, capturing the energy and emotion of musicians playing before an audience.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Wayétu Moore and Jasmin B. Frelih, a new issue of Midnight Breakfast, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Rosalie Knecht’s new novel, new writing by Richard Chiem, and much more.
Thoughts on books by Svetlana Alexievich and Gabino Iglesias, new writing from Yaa Gyasi, and more.
In our morning reading: Lincoln Michel conversed with Victor LaValle, an excerpt from Ruth Ozeki’s latest, and much more.
In our morning reading: celebrating Samuel R. Delany’s birthday, thoughts on Paul Beatty’s new novel, Maura Johnston on Tidal, a trailer for a Jonathan Franzen-produced film, and more.
Sometimes, literary happenings bring together a fantastic abundance of things we like. Take this year’s Independent Bookstore Day, for example. (That’s happening on May 2, for the record.) An expansion of a California-wide event, this will now involve a host of indie bookstores across the nation. And if you’ll be in Chicago on May 2, it might be a wise choice to pay a visit to one or more of the 12 stores taking part in that city. Why, you […]
I interviewed Dmitry Samarov three times. The first time, my device did not record. The second time, my device did not record. I am entirely blameless I’m sure, acts of an indifferent god both times and, anyway, the third time was a charm. Luckily, either through natural disposition or the years driving a taxicab in both Boston and Chicago, as documented in his books Hack and Where To, Samarov was more than a little patient with my endearing incompetence. Samarov’s […]