Certain themes keep popping up in the fiction that impressed us most this year: the potential horrors of ambiguity, the nature of immigration, the threat of state violence, mysteries that can’t be solved, and the malleability of memory. That’s not too surprising, given the year we’ve had. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fiction from the year that was.
Right about now, the days are long and air conditioners are cranked up high. It’s the middle of the year: the colder months are in sight, and we’re over halfway to whatever surprises 2018 might have in store. It’s also a great time for taking stock of the first six months of 2017 — in our case, that means a look back at some recent books we’ve enjoyed. Thus, here’s a look at ten of the books that most impressed […]
Afternoon Bites: Zachary Mason Interviewed, Hari Kunzru Nonfiction, Kyo Maclear, Russell Hoban Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Zachary Mason, revisiting a Russell Hoban classic, nonfiction by Hari Kunzru, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a collection by Bandi, Hari Kunzru interviewed Sjón, and more.
Weekend Bites: Hari Kunzru’s Latest, Writers on “Buffy,” Lisa Locascio, Blanck Mass Reviewed, and More
In our weekend reading: reviews of books by Hari Kunzru and Brian Evenson, writers on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and more.
March looks like a particularly promising month for new books. There are exciting literary debuts, the latest books from a host of writers we admire tremendously, incisive and format-defying works of prose, and a lot more. These are books that will leave you floored, will leave you impressed with what prose can do, that will take you to new places or shine a new light on places you thought you knew. Here’s a look at some of the titles that […]
Afternoon Bites: Ta-Nehisi Coates, New Alexis M. Smith Fiction, Hari Kunzru on “Dune,” Adam Wilson on Etgar Keret, and More
In our Monday afternoon reading: an excerpt from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, Hari Kunzru wrote about Dune, new writing from Jac Jemc and Alexis M. Smith, 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.