In our morning reading: thoughts on Devi S. Laskar’s novel, talking with Helen Phillips, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the new album from Priests and Sleater-Kinney’s live album, a look back at literary 2016, and more.
Joe Halstead’s West Virginia is a moody wild ride of a novel. Dark, momentous, soulful, deeply human – the book turns the mind inside out, questioning the places we live and the reasons why we both leave them and come back. There’s angst and doubt, loss and grief, insecurity and arrogance. It’s the whole mess of the human condition, all wrapped up in city life and Appalachia. In Giovanni’s Room, one of Baldwin’s great novels, Baldwin writes, “Perhaps home is […]
It’s a new year, and with that new year comes a host of new books. From fiction that might shed a light on ongoing political debates to incisive essays between the relationship between creativity and commerce, there’s something for nearly everyone on our list of books that have gotten our attention for this month. And it’s very likely that you’ll see some of these names pop up again on our anticipated books lists in the year to come–no less that four […]