In our morning reading: excerpts from Leonard Cohen’s notebooks, interviews with Idra Novey and Shopping, and more.
Though it’s largely set in an unnamed Latin American nation, Idra Novey’s new novel Those Who Knew abounds with moments that will sound familiar to readers in the United States. There’s a seemingly-idealistic male political candidate whose upstanding veneer conceals bleaker impulses; there’s the fact that said candidate’s treatment of women places him one potential scandal away from (justifiable) ruin. Novey’s novel abounds with legislators compromised by their ties to industry, artists from the upper class relentlessly mocking the foibles of the wealthy, and a landscape in which the political and the intimately personal are inexorably connected.
Morning Bites: Dubravka Ugresic, Idra Novey Interviewed, Nick Zinner and Zachary Lipez, Álvaro Enrigue, and More
In our morning reading: exploring the works of Dubravka Ugresic, interviews with Idra Novey and Álvaro Enrigue, and more.
Morning Bites: Lucia Berlin Revisited, Jonathan Lethem, Gabino Iglesias Interviewed, Sharron Kraus, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the works of Lucia Berlin, interviews with Gabino Iglesias and Idra Novey, and more.
And here we go, deeper into fall. Daylight Savings Time looms this weekend, making for shorter days and longer nights; colder temperatures beckon. Does that make it the right time of the year to curl up with a book? Well, sure–but is there ever not a good time of year for that? Among the books we’re most excited about this month are bold riffs on detective fiction, genre-defying narratives, and works of fiction and nonfiction that put politics and culture into sharp relief. Here are some November books (plus a pair from the final days of October) that have caught our eye.
Afternoon Bites: Idra Novey and Esmé Weijun Wang, Donald Quist’s Playlist, Justin Broadrick Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: a conversation between Idra Novey and Esmé Weijun Wang, a playlist from Donald Quist, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Idra Novey Nonfiction, Agnes Martin, Nona Hendryx on Art, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Verónica Gerber Bicecci and Michael A. Ferro, new writing by Idra Novey, and much more.
Morning Bites: Gill Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson Revisited, Carmen Maria Machado, László Krasznahorkai’s Latest, Adapting Jade Chang’s Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the music of Gill Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, thoughts on collections by Carmen Maria Machado and Denis Johnson, and more.