In our afternoon reading: new work by Namwali Serpell and Rob Hart, the Kirkus Prize finalists revealed, and more.
And now we’re in the month of September. Hello, September. From our space, it seems like the summer is beginning to abate somewhat — or at least it’s moved out of the “brutally hot and humid” camp. So if you’re looking for books to bridge the gap between summer reads and something cozier, here are a couple of suggestions.
The last time I spoke with Ted Hearne was in 2014; the subject was The Source, his collaboration with Mark Doten inspired by the work of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Now, Hearne has returned with a new album, Place — a collaboration with Saul Williams, in which Hearne addresses questions of gentrification in Brooklyn’s Ft. Greene neighborhood. It’s a work that involves countless vocalists, found audio, and a complex structure; it also involves moments of sublime beauty. I talked with Hearne about the genesis of Place and how he developed the themes contained within it.
Afternoon Bites: Ted Chiang, Samanta Schweblin Interviewed, Fugazi Infographics, Laird Barron’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Ted Chiang and Laird Barron, Fugazi in infographic form, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Dylan Landis Nonfiction, Eula Biss Interviewed, T Kira Madden, Independent Bookstore Day, and More
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction from Dylan Landis, interviews with Eula Biss and T Kira Madden, and more.
Morning Bites: Molly Crabapple Interviewed, Mairead Case, Eula Biss Nonfiction, Ivan Vladislavić, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Molly Crabapple and Ivan Vladislavić, a review of Mairead Case’s novel, and more.
Welcome To All That by Andrew Bomback 1. When we first dropped our bags on apartment floors/Took our broken hearts, put them in a drawer/Everybody here was someone else before. – Taylor Swift For me, New York ended as soon as it began. – Eula Biss I was riding the 1 train the first time I heard Taylor Swift’s “Welcome to New York,” and I’m not entirely sure if I would have made the connection between the song and the […]
In our morning reading: the upcoming On Immunity marathon reading, literary B-sides, delving into Noah Baumbach’s films, a report from AWP, and more.