The first time I met Elizabeth Ellen was in Columbus, Ohio. She made me buy her latest book Person/a: a novel. Later that day we went to a diner with a bunch of people. She made fun of how long it took for me to decide what to order. She tried to predict what I would order. I think her prediction was correct. I ordered a reuben. I think she felt bad, like maybe she thought she’d hurt my feelings. She […]
Trash Night by Elizabeth Ellen It was Monday, trash night. I wheeled the garbage bins to the curb. It was the second night I didn’t have to turn on the heat. I carried the mail into the garage. The next day was my birthday. My husband was stopping by to take me to Flint. I wanted to eat lunch at the mall food court with Tanja, play miniature golf in an ice cream shop parking lot, hold puppies at the […]
Afternoon Bites: Elif Shafak, Elan Mastai Interviewed, Sarah Waters, “OK Computer” Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Elif Shafak and Elan Mastai, Juliet Escoria on Elizabeth Ellen’s latest book, and more.
Morning Bites: Chelsea Hodson Interviewed, Donald Glover, Richardo Piglia’s Latest, John Benditt Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: a new interview with Chelsea Hodson, fiction from John Benditt, news of Donald Glover’s forthcoming television show, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Hari Kunzru on Ben Lerner, Emily St. John Mandel, IKEA Horror Fiction, Carl Wilson on Ty Segall, and More
Ben Lerner’s latest is reviewed by Hari Kunzru, talking dystopia with Emily St. John Mandel, the musical influence of Scott Miller, Elizabeth Ellen interviews Aaron Burch, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Eduardo Galeano on Soccer, Elizabeth Ellen on “Hill William,” Carl Wilson & Jonathan Lethem, Tim Hecker, and More
Talking soccer with Eduardo Galeano; Carl Wilson interviewed Jonathan Lethem; Elizabeth Ellen reviewed Scott McClanahan’s latest book; Tim Hecker gets profiled; and more.
Afternoon Bites: Tig Notaro’s Documentary, Revisiting “Southland Tales,” New Music from Obits, Elizabeth Ellen’s Playlist, and More
Catching up with The Evens, revisiting Southland Tales, Elizabeth Ellen’s playlist, Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers another fantastic essay, Obits returns, and more.
Fast Machine by Elizabeth Ellen Short Flight/Long Drive; 368 p. The massive collection Fast Machine marks my first introduction to Elizabeth Ellen’s work. Hers is a name I’ve seen before — notably, Mary Miller’s collection Big World earned some comparisons to Ellen’s fiction. And given that Big World fell into the category of books that I felt compelled to distribute among friends of mine come holiday gift-giving time, I was intrigued by the prospect of reading Fast Machine — though […]