In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Mike McCormack and Eugene Marten, a Fugazi stage banter opera, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Cynan Jones’s Latest, Amy Rose Spiegel, Sara Jaffe Nonfiction, Phil Klay Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: notes on books by Cynan Jones and Amy Rose Spiegel, an interview with Phil Klay, and more.
Tobias Carroll Earlier in the week, I read Eugene Marten’s novel Waste, which I’d been meaning to read for a while now. It starts out reading like a case study in modern urban alienation: the protagonist works as a janitor, and seems estranged from nearly everyone around him. And then things get progressively more unsettling — one late-in-the-book scene features one of the most grotesque moments I’ve encountered in a nominally realistic novel. A day or two later, I found that moments […]
Bites: National Lampoon, Gordon Lish on Eugene Marten, Egypt’s Internet, Zachary Lipez on Zachary Lipez and More
PW talks to Rick Meyerowitz about Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Writers and Artists Who Made The National Lampoon Insanely Great. Everyone and everything was fair game. There was also a high/low sense of taste to the material. Yes, they were smoking illegal substances, but what did you expect? They were twenty-two years old and they liked naked girls. Gordon Lish talking about Eugene Marten. Zack Lipez interviews himself at The Nervous Breakdown. This is probably the most groundbreaking interview […]