In our afternoon reading: an interview with Carmen Maria Machado, thoughts on books by Valeria Luiselli and J. David Osborne, and more.
Morning Bites: Eugene Lim Fiction, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s Playlist, Jeff Jackson Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: fiction from Eugene Lim, an interview with Jeff Jackson, and much more.
It’s been a busy time for writer, publisher, and podcaster J. David Osborne. In the last year or so, he relocated to El Paso from Portland, Oregon; he oversaw new editions of two of his novels, By the Time We Leave Here, We’ll Be Friends and Blood and Water; he collaborated with Cody Goodfellow on the taut crime novel The Snake Handler; and he released the long-in-the-works followup to his book Black Gum, A Minor Storm. Like the best of his work, A Minor Storm blends a resonant sense of the familiar with a powerful dose of the surreal and dangerous. We talked about his new book, podcasting, and his experiences with Patreon via email over the course of a few days.
As June approaches, the temperatures outside are rising, and various dreams of a long spring are dashed until next year. June also brings with it a host of books we’ve been eager to read for a while now, including new books by longtime favorites, structurally bold works that take literature into new places, and short fiction that ventures into surreal and sinister places. Here’s a look at some of the books we’re most excited about for June.
Morning Bites: Jesse Ball, PEN/Faulkner Finalists, Christine Kitano Poetry, Michael J. Seidlinger, and More
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Jesse Ball and Nicolás Obregón, poetry by Christine Kitano, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jesmyn Ward’s Latest, Brian Allen Carr, Kristen Radtke Interviewed, Marcy Dermansky, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Jesmyn Ward and Brian Allen Carr, an interview with Kristen Radtke, and more.
Morning Bites: Victor LaValle Interviewed, Melissa Febos, Unclassifiable Literature, Jessie Chaffee, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Victor LaValle, thoughts on books by Melissa Febos and Scott McClanahan, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jarret Middleton Interviewed, Rainer Maria, Fiona Helmsley’s Playlist, Jeff Jackson, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jarret Middleton and Jeff Jackson, five lost science fiction classics, and more.