In our afternoon reading: an interview with Matthew Salesses, a playlist by Darin Strauss, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Tiphanie Yanique, Matt Bell & Brian Evenson Talk Craft, A Sacred Bones Mixtape, and More
A playlist from Tiphanie Yanique, new writing from Roxane Gay and Matt Dojny, notes on cities and anxiety, Matt Bell and Brian Evenson discuss craft, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Jess Walter’s Latest, Sonic Youth’s Live Album, “Minimum Wage” Returns, Nick Cave Protest Song, and More
“For all that Walter is frequently lauded as a humorist, the best stories in We Live in Water play the simple emotional chord of men just trying to do their best.” Alison Hallett on Jess Walter’s new collection We Live in Water. Hyperallergic on Nick Cave’s protest song. Richard Nash on the business of literature. “This is the beautiful paradox of Sonic Youth: making their instruments sound like everything that a guitar ought to be capable of creating, while simultaneously using them in […]
The Southern Festival of Books was this past weekend in Nashville, TN. I went to it; at least I went on Saturday, parked in a parking garage, ate a granola bar, and thought about last year when I made a fool of myself in front of Chad Harbach. But that was then. And this is now. Or at least it was “now” a few days ago.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Harper; 352 p. Jess Walter’s new novel, Beautiful Ruins, is an important book that might not make it. With an implacable burst of books, no one can possibly stay on top of everything out there while at the same time attempting to catch up on the classics. How we decide what to read depends so much on taste, but nothing will ruin a book for some more than the title of Great Beach Book. When […]