“I Aim For These Blank Spaces”: An Interview With Lee Rourke

Lee Rourke‘s novel The Canal got under my skin. At first, it’s a book about not a lot happening: its protagonist gradually steps back from his life, and spends his days sitting beside a canal. Eventually, he meets a woman who seems to share some of his sensibilities; slowly, a book that seemed to be about minor details takes on a more expansive focus. Rourke’s novel Vulgar Things (out now in the UK; out this summer in the US) has, on the surface, […]

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#tobyreads: Trauma, Daily Routine, and Decisive Observations

Reading the first few pages of Roxane Gay’s An Untamed State, the reader might get a certain set of expectations; its narrator, Mireille, begins to recount the moment in which she was kidnapped from outside of her family’s home in Haiti. Her voice in these passages is lucid, controlled; that it’s at a remove, that it’s being told from an unspecified moment in the future, offers the prospect of rescue, the idea that her abduction will be a temporary condition.

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Lee Rourke Winning the Not The Booker Prize Makes Me want to Read Him More

Posted by Jason Diamond I literally have a dozen books next to my desk that I need to read for either work or pleasure.  I say work or pleasure because sometimes having to read certain books for my paycheck can be quite painful [kvetch, kvetch, kvetch].  But there are a few books that I get which I stare at and think “I really need to read that book, but I want to wait.”  I’m not sure why I want, or […]

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