Certain themes keep popping up in the fiction that impressed us most this year: the potential horrors of ambiguity, the nature of immigration, the threat of state violence, mysteries that can’t be solved, and the malleability of memory. That’s not too surprising, given the year we’ve had. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fiction from the year that was.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on new books by Leonora Carrington and Eileen Myles, the evolution of literary magazines, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: David Burr Gerrard, Eileen Myles on Pets, Matthew Klam, Courtney Maum Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on novels by David Burr Gerrard and Matthew Klam, new writing by Eileen Myles, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Leonora Carrington, Jason Diamond on Florida, Jessie Chaffee Interviewed, “Singles” Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: delving into Leonora Carrington’s fiction, Jason Diamond on the state of Florida, an interview with Jessie Chaffee, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kristen Radtke, Jeff VanderMeer’s Latest, Scholastique Mukasonga, Cold Beat Return, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on new books by Kristen Radtke, Leonora Carrington, and Jeff VanderMeer; and much more.
Weekend Bites: Durga Chew-Bose Interviewed, Marlon James and Lisa Lucas, Justin Taylor Fiction, John Jodzio, and More
In our weekend reading: an interview with Durga Chew-Bose, Marlon James and Lisa Lucas in conversation, new stories by Justin Taylor and John Jodzio, and more.
As we careen headlong into the season of spring, the weather is growing warmer, the trees are growing greener, and new books are continuing to make their way into the world. April in particular abounds with essay and short story collections that have caught our eye, from debut works to collected editions that span the arc of a career. This isn’t to say that collections make up the entirety of the list you’re about to read; you’ll also find fiction […]
Reading the right book–or essay, or story, or interview–can help point you in the direction of other notable work, either through deft writing about the work of another writer or through an acknowledged influence or homage. It might go without saying that, after reading What Would Lynne Tillman Do?, Lynne Tillman’s new collection of nonfiction, my to-read list increased exponentially. As did, come to think of it, my to-reread list.