Say you’re a fiction writer and you’d like to allude to the communications technologies of the present moment. There are plenty of ways you can do this, from coming up with your own lightly-altered versions of real-world services to embracing an accurate picture of your smartphone’s suite of apps circa the moment you’re putting words on paper. The difficulty with the latter, though, is that the ups and downs of the tech world don’t always match up with the time it takes to get a book published; the way that Vine went from buzzed-about to deprecated in a relatively short period of time illustrates just how difficult of a juggling act this can be.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kelly Link, new writing from Natalie Eilbert and Elizabeth Hand, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Kelly Link and Jon DeRosa, writers on how Judy Blume influenced them, checking in with Will Chancellor, and more.
In our morning reading: Kelly Link interviewed by Helen Oyeyemi, reviews of books from Maggie Nelson and Amelia Gray, new nonfiction from Chelsea Martin, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kelly Link, Warren Ellis discusses the future, Patti Smith reviews César Aira’s new collection, new nonfiction from Jennifer Gilmore, and more.
In our afternoon reading: notes on the stories of Kelly Link and the novels of Jo Walton, Ann Powers on transgression and pop music, Carl Wilson on Drake and Canada, the new issue of Guernica, and more.
In our weekend reading: news of the Kathy Acker Fellowship, Ta-Nehisi Coates remembers David Carr, Justin Taylor reviews the latest from Matt Summell, Roxane Gay on bad mentors, and more.
In our Thursday morning reading: Paula Bomer on PJ Harvey, changes afoot at the New York Times Magazine, mapping narratives, checking in with Kelly Link, and more.