Joseph Riippi’s emotionally searing writing serves as an exhaustive overview of whatever subject he chooses to write about. In Because, that subject was himself. In the chapbook Puyallup, Washington: An Interrogation, out now on Publishing Genius, his subject is the city of the title. Throughout, Riippi delves into the city’s occasionally improbable history, along with its precarious location. I checked in with Riippi via email to learn more about the chapbook’s origins and its connection to his other recent work.
#tobyreads: The Plot & The Echoes of Life
It’s been kind of a weird week, as reading goes. There’ve been a few terrific books that I’ve read in the past few days that I’m probably not going to talk about quite yet, but that you will see me writing about in the coming weeks and months. (The authors of those? Jen Doll, Norman Lock, and Scott Cheshire.) But this week has also seen plenty of other reading, some of which has been very plot-heavy; others of which has […]
Morning Bites: Europe’s “Gatsby,” Questioning the Canon, Amtrak Residency, Joseph Riippi on “The Last Days of California,” and More
This morning: editing the literary canon, Philip Glass on children’s television, Joseph Riippi on Mary Miller’s latest, Amtrak literary residencies, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Authors’ Regrets, Rachel Kushner, Joseph Riippi Excerpt, Eleanor Friedberger Interviewed, and More
This afternoon: an excerpt from Joseph Riippi’s new book, Karolina Waclawiak on Kyle Minor’s latest, authors’ regrets regarding their fiction, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Nick Cave Documentary, New Mogwai, Masha Gessen, Cari Luna Interviewed, and More
This afternoon: Nick Cave is interviewed about his new film, Masha Gessen on her new book about Pussy Riot, thoughts on the last shows at 285 Kent and the end of Chaos in Tejas, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mitchell S. Jackson Interviewed, Venom P. Stinger Reissued, Doug Aitken, Mini Zine Fest, and More
Mitchell S. Jackson was interviewed by Joseph Riippi, The New Inquiry looks at skyjacking, Dusted reviewed a predecessor to Dirty Three, and much more.
Haunted Memories and Fractured Families: A Profile of Joseph Riippi
Looking at Joseph Riippi — 6″4, wild hair, hands that eat mine in a handshake and a imposing presence — you would never suspect the sensitive, tender writing that flows from his prodigious mind. Given all of our collective wisdom I should know by now not to conflate the physical and the emotional, I should be aware of the discrepancy between our physicality, largely unchosen, bestowed, and our interior worlds molded by our choices, our experiences, and the choices of […]