In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Atticus Lish’s new novel, an interview with Colson Whitehead, and more.
The Secret History of Naples, Then and Now: An Interview With John Domini
One of the most challenging tasks for any writer is evoking the physicality of life using only words on a page. With his new book The Archeology of a Good Ragù: Discovering Naples, My Father and Myself, John Domini does exactly that. Simultaneously a concise history of Domini’s family, a portrait of contemporary Naples, and an exploration of the region’s food and art, the book seamlessly moves from one topic to the next, memorably evoking a holistic sense of the minutiae of life. Domini and I chatted via email about the long process of writing this book and how it connects to his other works.
Afternoon Bites: Akwaeke Emezi, Lana Bastašić’s Latest, Rax King, Elizabeth Gonzalez James Nonfiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Akwaeke Emezi’s new book, new writing by Rax King, and more.
Weekend Bites: Alex Ross Interviewed, James Baldwin’s Records, Don DeLillo’s Latest, and More
In our weekend reading: an interview with Alex Ross, exploring James Baldwin’s record collection, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Paul Tremblay, Sheila Heti on Stories, James Baldwin, Corey Sobel’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting Paul Tremblay’s stories, thoughts on James Baldwin’s nonfiction, and more.
Morning Bites: James Baldwin’s Legacy, Protomartyr, “Tiny Nightmares” Reviewed, Sarah Gerard, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting James Baldwin’s legacy, book recommendations from Sarah Gerard, and more.
Morning Bites: James Baldwin, John Cage on Mushrooms, Lungfish, Luis Othoniel Rosa Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the works of James Baldwin and John Cage, exploring Lungfish’s discography, and more.
Weekend Bites: Saeed Jones, Shirley Jackson on Screen, Jean Kyoung Frazier, Revisiting James Baldwin, and More
In our weekend reading: new writing by Saeed Jones, excerpts from books by Jean Kyoung Frazier and Joe Meno, and more.