In our afternoon reading: a discussion of Ann Quin’s writings, interviews with Terese Marie Mailhot and Brittney Cooper, and more.
Afternoon Bites: “Bats of the Republic,” Claudia Rankine Interviewed, Wesley Morris on Identity, Huggy Bear Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Zachary Dodson, new nonfiction from Wesley Morris, interviews with Claudia Rankine and Lee Rourke, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Wayne Koestenbaum, Jon Wurster Interviewed, New Lightning Bolt, Old Whisky, and More
In our Monday afternoon reading: interviews with Wayne Koestenbaum, Mairead Case, and Jon Wurster; a look at Will Wiles’s new novel; thoughts on Anthony Bourdain; and more.
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, […]
Afternoon Bites: Lee Rourke Fiction, Molly Crabapple on Abu Dhabi, Great Baseball Essays, Elliott Smith Documentary, and More
Thoughts on a new Elliott Smith documentary, new writing from Lee Rourke and Molly Crabapple, an interview with Francesca Lia Block, and more.
Morning Bites: Emily Gould Interviewed, “Downtown 81” Revisited, Political Novels, New Lee Rourke, and More
Interviews with Emily Gould and Ruona Agbroko-Meyer, a look back at “Downtown 81,” Dave Eggers and political novels, a Lee Rourke excerpt, and more.
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.
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 […]