In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Richard Chiem, Jac Jemc, and Jenny Zhang; and much more.
Morning Bites: Molly Crabapple Interviewed, Mairead Case, Eula Biss Nonfiction, Ivan Vladislavić, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Molly Crabapple and Ivan Vladislavić, a review of Mairead Case’s novel, and more.
At Literary Hub, you’ll find a conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Ivan Vladislavić on a variety of topics. (We interviewed Vladislavić last year.) One of the areas of discussion focused on Vladislavić’s political awareness as a writer. In his response, he alluded to his search for the best way to address the politics of apartheid-era South Africa in his own work, and took influence from an unexpected place.
The month of June brings with it a widely varied host of literature. If you’re in the mood for literary fiction from some of the most adept practitioners of it, you’re going to be pretty well taken care of. Perhaps you’re searching for work from a cult writer that’s only recently re-entered the spotlight? Some of these books fall into this category as well. From surreal, disorienting fiction to explorations of spaces familiar and historic, these books offer plenty for […]
It was via Teju Cole’s introduction to the novel Double Negative that I first encountered the work of the South African writer Ivan Vladislavić. That novel looked at the political and cultural evolution of South African through the eyes of one character, a photographer, over the course of several decades. Now, an earlier novel of Vladislavić’s is seeing release in the U.S. for the first time. The Restless Supermarket focuses on Aubrey Tearle, an aging proofreader who finds himself alarmed by the social changes […]
Afternoon Bites: Jen Doll Interviewed, Eileen Myles Poetry, Silkworm Reissued, Valeria Luiselli, and More
Poems from Eileen Myles, talking weddings with Jen Doll, notes on the Silkworm reissue, thoughts on Ivan Vladislavić and literary curmudgeons, and more.
This morning: a playlist from Ivan Vladislavic, a taxonomy of literary snobs, when smart fiction prompts political debates, Lee Hazelwood, and more.