In our afternoon reading: new writing from Tommy Pico and Kevin Nguyen, Electric Literature talked with James Hannaham and Jennifer Egan, turning Calvino’s fiction into opera, and more.
Morning Bites: Italo Calvino, New Lightning Bolt Reviewed, Harper Lee, PEN Literary Awards Longlists, and More
In our morning reading: a guide to the books of Italo Calvino, thoughts on the new Lightning Bolt album, notes on Harper Lee, an excerpt from Gregory Howard’s forthcoming novel, and more.
If you’d like to hear an author of metafiction prompt a crowded room to erupt in laughter, you might want to listen to Italo Calvino reading from a selection of his works (including Invisible Cities) at the 92nd Street Y in 1983. His tone moves from the somber to the witty, and the audience responds in kind.
Wishing John Le Carré a happy birthday; getting operatic with Italo Calvino; Blake Butler on Harry Mathews; Roxane Gay on Michael Farris Smith; and more.
This week, we’re looking at books that have come highly recommended — which isn’t to say that this trio doesn’t turn out to have much in common. In fact, they do, despite being in disparate forms (one collection, one novel, one memoir-slash-essay collection.) All of these books got me thinking about big issues — life, death, how we connect to those around us — you know, the kinds of topics that make for deeply upbeat conversations, and don’t at all […]