In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Danez Smith and Kathryn Scanlan, an interview with Blanck Mass, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Benjamin DeVos, Yan Lianke’s Memoir, Lucinda Williams, Imbolo Mbue Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Benjamin DeVos and Yan Lianke, an interview with Imbolo Mbue, and more.
The Normal Strange
by Kathe Koja
What he carried to her he carried in a red string bag.
Life is strange. The aching break-up; the ferocious good luck that blooms from the blue; the infant’s amazing and fully expected birth; the shattering death of a loved one: when our outer and inner worlds are suddenly transformed or shaken, never to be the same, we say, This feels unreal. We say, Life is so strange.
Two years ago, the Midwestern book tour I was on with duncan b. barlow concluded on a rainy Chicago night with a reading at Volumes Bookcafe headlined by Maryse Meijer. Hearing Meijer read from her debut collection, Heartbreaker, left me floored; since then, I’ve eagerly read her subsequent books, the novella Northwood and the new collection Rag. Meijer’s fiction is haunting in a host of ways, some of them literal: she brings the reader to the border of the uncanny and primal, while also tapping into something deeply modern and urgent. I spoke with her following the release of her latest book about her short fiction, the role of horror in her work, and titles, among other topics.
Morning Bites: Brandon Hobson Interviewed, Marilynne Robinson, Michel Faber Fiction, Kathe Koja Revisited, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Brandon Hobson, new writing by Michel Faber and Lance Olsen, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mitchell S. Jackson, Carrie Brownstein’s Memoir, Marlon James Recommends Fiction, Neighborhood Bars, and More
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction from Mitchell S. Jackson and Jason Diamond, Greil Marcus on Carrie Brownstein’s memoir, Marlon James recommends novels, and more.
Christopher R. Weingarten talks about the aesthetic influence of Twin Peaks on contemporary music. Spencer Ackerman on the psychoanalysis of superheroes. Kathe Koja has written a number of terrific and weird novels over the years; here’s an interview in which she talks about the strange and uncanny in fiction. Neil Gaiman shares his reading list with the Times. Michaelangelo Matos talks about Chicago house. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.