In our morning reading: an interview with Lauren Oyler, new music from Hand Habits, and more.
Morning Bites: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Remembered, Madeleine Watts Interviewed, Lauren Oyler on Autofiction, and More
In our morning reading: a tribute to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, an interview with Lauren Oyler, and more.
Morning Bites: Matthew Salesses Interviewed, Lauren Oyler, Ellen Datlow on Short Fiction, Georges Perec, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Matthew Salesses, poetry by Georges Perec, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Dorothe Nors’s fiction, an interview with Te-Ping Chen, and more.
Philip Roth famously wrote in 1961 that the increasing unreality of American life threatened to outrace the imagination of American fiction, and that there was little hope for novelists against a news cycle that, as he put it, stupefied, sickened and infuriated on a daily basis. This turned out to be false, but writers have had to work double-time to keep up with the culture. Indeed, many great novels in the second half of the 20th century dramatize this very inability to cope with the derangement of modern times. That writers would try to assimilate the insanity of the Trump-era into their work is thus a foregone conclusion. Many of these attempts are likely still in the works, but Lauren Oyler’s debut novel Fake Accounts takes one of the first real cracks at it.
Afternoon Bites: Shy Watson, Gloria Naylor Revisited, Lauren Oyler, Mariana Enriquez’s Stories, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Shy Watson and Lauren Oyler, revisiting the fiction of Gloria Naylor, and more.
It is quite snowy in our corner of the world right now. Remember winter? Winter apparently did. We’d say that it’s the perfect time to curl up with a book, but you’ve probably figured that out on your own. This month brings new books from a number of our favorite writers, along with some highly anticipated debuts and a few books capable of transporting you to an entirely new time and place. Here are some of our favorites.
Morning Bites: Leesa Cross-Smith, Lauren Oyler’s Debut, Teresa Carmody and Paul Lisicky, Matthew Gavin Frank Nonfiction, and More
In our morning reading: a review of Leesa Cross-Smith’s new collection, Teresa Carmody and Paul Lisicky in conversation, and more.