We’re pleased to present an excerpt from Harold Jaffe’s new book BRUT, out this week on Anti-Oedipus Press. BRUT focuses on several generations of artists and thinkers, featuring scenes and observations on the likes of Alberto Giacometti, William Blake, and James Baldwin. In this excerpt, Jaffe delivers a concise look at the way one musician’s life overlapped with the history of two nations.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Monica Sok’s new book, fiction by Jim Ruland, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the fiction of Machado de Assis, a playlist from Katherine Hill, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction by Jami Attenberg, a review of Amber Sparks’s new collection, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Josephine Rowe and Wayne Koestenbaum, a review of Ron A. Austin’s novel, and more.
In our morning reading: revisiting the music of John Coltrane, an interview with Maaza Mengiste, and more.
In our weekend reading: the history of a lost John Coltrane album, talking literature and activism with Rebecca Makkai, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kiese Laymon’s memoir, an interview with Chloe Aridjis, fiction from JY Yang, and more.