In our afternoon reading: Leslie Jamison on Charles Jackson, a Jim Ruland playlist, an interview with Jonathan Lethem, an excerpt from Frank Hinton’s forthcoming novel, and more.
Weekend Bites: Roxane Gay Interviewed, Alissa Nutting’s Reading List, Writers and “Minecraft,” Talking “A Master Builder,” and More
An interview with Roxane Gay, recommended listening from Lance Olsen and Greg Cartwright, new Frank Hinton fiction, talking with Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, and Jonathan Demme, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Gabriel Blackwell’s “Parasitic Works,” Chatting With Michelle Tea, Microphones Vinyl Reissues, and More
“I try to create parasitic works, building on others’ creations—not just acknowledging the reader’s life outside of the book but (so I hope) pointing in fruitful directions for his or her distraction.” Gabriel Blackwell talked with The Lit Pub about his books Shadow Man and Critique of Pure Reason. Novelists on their first drafts. “And I loved spooky books about witches, or where a girl’s house is haunted by antique dead twins trying to inhabit their bodies. Shit like that was my jam. […]
Indexing: James Salter, Bitch Magnet Returns, Skater Lit, “The Pilgrim Hawk,” and More
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
On Wrestlers, Tenses, and Halifax: A Conversation With Frank Hinton
Frank Hinton is the editor of the online literary journal Metazen. She’s also the author of the new novel Action, Figure, which follows Frank and Lili, a pair of young Halifax residents numbing themselves over a handful of days. Juxtaposed with their story are a number of sections labeled “Rapunzel,” which focus on a character recuperating from an injury during wartime. The Rapunzel sections are as oblique as the Frank-and-Lili ones are realistic, and the juxtaposition of the two leads to […]
Lexicon Devils: What Exactly is Alt Lit? A Conversation With Frank Hinton, Noah Cicero and Stephen Tully Dierks
What does it mean to affix the “alt” tag to something? Is it a reaction? A sign of the changing times? That’s the very question we’re asking about alt lit.
Afternoon Bites: Gary Lutz, Charles Bock, Chicago Books, and more
Charles Bock is starting his own writing workshop, to begin in March. At The L Magazine, Mark Asch chats with Gary Lutz. Susan Tepper interviews Bradford Morrow Numerous music writers told The Awl the song they’d listened to the most in the preceding year. CBS Chicago provides a “Best New Chicago Books” list, and a number of Vol.1 favorites are on it. Vouched is running a contest with chapbooks from xTx and Frank Hinton as prizes. Brandon Graham discusses his creative […]