In our morning reading: Joan Didion on film, sneaker history explored, an interview with Tacocat, H.P. Lovecraft’s problematic legacy, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Rebecca Solnit, Juliet Escoria on Literary 2015, Patton Oswalt Interviewed, Charles Burns on Lovecraft, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Rebecca Solnit and Emily Gould, Charles Burns revisits H.P. Lovecraft, Juliet Escoria previews literary 2015, and more.
Thoughts on the new Jawbreaker reissue, writing from Molly Rose Quinn, Lynn Lurie, and Susannah Felts, thoughts on hybrid works using text and images, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kerry Howley, All-Star Librarians, Darcy Steinke’s Playlist, Lovecraft on Film, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Kerry Howley’s great Thrown, thoughts on horror and terror in fiction, a playlist from Darcy Steinke, notes on strange science fiction, and more.
Morning Bites: Kate Bernheimer Interviewed, Lowbrow Literary Humor, White Lung, Poetry Chapbooks, and More
Interviews with Kate Bernheimer and White Lung, thoughts on the new novel from Julie Schumacher, New Directions and poetry chapbooks, a look at highbrow lit and lowbrow humor converging, and more.
An Excerpt from Gabriel Blackwell’s “The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men: The Last Letter of H.P. Lovecraft”
When we interviewed Gabriel Blackwell earlier this year, he noted that his next novel would be inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Blackwell went on to make the case for why he was intrigued by Lovecraft: “He was before his time not only in his fiction: he interacted with the world in a very virtual way, spending much of his time in his room writing letters to people he would never meet. That seemed applicable. And, of course, I am a fan […]
Where Public Enemy, H.P. Lovecraft, and Sid Vicious Converge: A Between Books Interview With Gabriel Blackwell
It started with a cover: a familiar detective-novel image slowly bleeding into the abstract. This was my first encounter with the work of Portland’s Gabriel Blackwell: picking up a copy of his Shadow Man after hearing good things about some then-recent readings he’d given in NYC. Subtitled “A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer,” Blackwell’s book creates a narrative out of the spaces in which noir‘s chroniclers and its characters overlap: a dense, thrilling work with hints of abused power and still-buried secrets. His […]
If you’re at all familiar with the last 20+ years of metal—especially that which falls under the “doom” sub-category—you will know that Matt Pike is one of the few guys who has seriously clawed his way towards the seventh circle of heavy metal hell that is reserved for deities like Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.), pre-reality show Ozzy, and, of course, Lemmy. It might sound tacky to call Pike’s work with the band Sleep as “game-changing,” but that’s really the best […]