If Luc Sante wrote the phone book I’d read it. Twice. Happily, Sante’s new book Maybe the People Would Be the Times gathers pieces about music, art, and city life from the last twenty-plus years, so what he writes about is as compelling as the style with which he does it. Sante stubbornly refuses to write a stale line. Whether paying tribute to the young Patti Smith or imagining the subsequent lives of the original owners of 45s in his collection or recalling the long-gone businesses and denizens of the Lower East Side, he puts the reader right there, seeing what he saw, thinking what he thought.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Troy James Weaver, thoughts on Hilary Leichter’s new novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Gemma Files and Geoff Barrow, a playlist from Alex Segura, and more.
August brings with it hotter temperatures, a vision of a more humid life, and the slightest hint that fall might be on the way. August also brings with it a host of thought-provoking books, deftly-translated works from around the world, and imaginative fiction that riffs on contemporary concerns. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have us most excited.
In our afternoon reading: exploring Jenny Hval’s new novel, Paul Auster and Luc Sante in conversation, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Olivia Laing’s new novel, new writing by Luc Sante and Jim Ruland, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Terese Marie Mailhot, new writing by Natalie Eilbert, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Kaitlyn Greenidge and Luc Sante, thoughts on Elastica’s debut, and more.