In our morning reading: Juan Martinez and Eden Robins in conversation, thoughts on The Tubs’ new album, and more.
Six years ago, I spoke with Juan Martinez about his excellent collection Best Worst American, a genre-spanning work that encompassed a host of styles and tones, with a pronounced sense of the ominous. Now, Martinez is back with a new novel, Extended Stay. What begins as a novel about a brother and sister on the run from familial trauma gradually turns into something much stranger and more horrific. The Alicia, where both take refuge, turns out to have several qualities that distinguish it from other Las Vegas hotels — including more than a few suggestions that the hotel itself is alive. I spoke with Martinez about the genesis of this book, its connection to his earlier collection, and more.
Weekend Bites: Juan Martinez’s Latest, PEN Literary Awards Longlists, Daisuke Shen and Vi Khi Nao on Collaborating, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on Juan Martinez’s new novel, fiction by John Madera, and more.
Would you look at this — it’s 2023. Even more intriguingly, there are a whole bunch of new books due out this year. 2023 is off to an excellent start, we’d argue, with a couple of books we’ve been looking forward to reading for years. This month brings with it an impressive assortment of styles, including formally inventive poetry and politically incisive tales of the uncanny. What are we most excited about? Read on to find out.
Morning Bites: James Baldwin on Film, Juan Martinez, Joshua Cohen Interviewed, Jim Jarmusch, and More
In our morning reading: news of a James Baldwin novel adapted for film, interviews with Juan Martinez and Joshua Cohen, and more.
The stories in Juan Martinez’s collection Best Worst American abound with stylistic leaps, acute observations about popular culture, and eccentric characters. Martinez is equally adept at chronicling contemporary anxieties as he is venturing into the surreal–one story’s protagonist is aided in everyday tasks by a sinister ghost child straight out of Ring, for instance. Martinez will read on Saturday at Spoonbill & Sugartown; in advance of this event, we talked with him about the making of his collection, writing for […]