When you look into a funhouse mirror, and your body appears stretched out or warped, you believe that reality is being distorted. You are confident that what you’re seeing in front of you is not how things really are. But what happens when you’re no longer looking into a mirror? What if you’re looking into a computer screen, or a book, or someone else’s face? Suddenly, it’s much more difficult to delineate what’s true from what’s not.
In our weekend reading: revisiting the works of Herman Melville, interviews with Kate Zambreno and Jia Tolentino, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Suzette Haden Elgin and Jia Tolentino, an interview with Patrick Coleman, and more.
August brings with it hotter temperatures, a vision of a more humid life, and the slightest hint that fall might be on the way. August also brings with it a host of thought-provoking books, deftly-translated works from around the world, and imaginative fiction that riffs on contemporary concerns. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have us most excited.
In our morning reading: talking fiction with Marlon James, reviews of books by Anna Burns and Bernardo Atxaga, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with John Langan and Natashia Deon, new writing from Nat Baldwin, and more.