In our morning reading: exploring musical history with Yo La Tengo, thoughts on Leni Zumas’s new novel, and more.
Morning Bites: Tayari Jones Interviewed, Jordan A. Rothacker, Leni Zumas Nonfiction, Will Boast, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Tayari Jones, new writing by Leni Zumas, and much more.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Leni Zumas’s novel, an interview with Jimin Han, and much more.
Morning Bites: Jamie Quatro, Deji Bryce Olukotun’s Latest, Leni Zumas Interviewed, Dean Wareham, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Jamie Quatro and Leni Zumas, new writing by Anca L. Szilágyi, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Leni Zumas, new work by Nikesh Shukla and Catch Business, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Leni Zumas and Taja Cheek, poetry by Brandon Shimoda, and more.
Well, it’s the start of a new year. Ostensibly, it’s a time for resolutions, for carefully mapping out goals and milemarkers for the months to come. It’s also, as we write these words, brutally cold, and thus the perfect time to find somewhere warm and sit down with a good book. Thankfully, January has plenty of excellent-looking ones due out that should get you through this cold spell, and the cold spells still to come.
As with most fictional depictions of professions, writing about the life of a musician without a sense of veracity can go awry in a host of ways. If you’re writing about a pop star whose supposed hits come off like authorial conceits, the narrative will stumble. Novels and stories about smaller-scale artists can feel lived-in or artificial; that can go a long way towards whether or not the work as a whole works.