Anyone can be a provocateur for a day. All it takes is a single inflammatory word to ignite the frenzy of distractible dopamine junkies, who quickly move on. Maybe you can spin another day or two out of the pushback. Maybe you live on in the digital stockades after you burp up a few mea culpas that no one believes. But real sustained provocation, the kind that sears and twists and deepens over years, is another matter altogether.
What does the month of July have to offer? Fireworks, rising temperatures, and an increased likelihood of humidity. In terms of books, the outlook is better: everything from debut fiction to reissues of cult novels, along with eagerly awaited books from some of our longtime favorites. Whether you’re headed to the beach or holing up inside with the air conditioning, this month’s new books offer plenty to delight and impress you.
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Deji Bryce Olukotun and Soraya Palmer, an interview with Rakesh Satyal, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Teju Cole and Greil Marcus, an interview with John Carpenter, and much more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Joshua Cohen, talking books with Lydia Lunch and Jerry Stahl, Binyavanga Wainaina and Janelle Monae, new writing from Laird Hunt, and more.
In our Monday morning reason: news of (and audio from) a Lydia Lunch reissue, new writing from Dolan Morgan and Sarah Jean Alexander, an interview with Jessica Hopper, and more.
Fiction from Antal Szerb; an interview with Lydia Lunch; footage of Converge at St. Vitus; thoughts on book dedications; and much more can be found in our afternoon reading for this Wednesday.
“Crews did not look or act like your typical college professor, shaving his head or wearing a Mohawk and making every literature lecture a performance. Other writers described him as “riveting,” especially when he was talking about writing.” – Harry Crews’ obituary. At 17 Dots, our own Jason Diamond talks about the Kim Gordon/Lydia Lunch band named after Crews. “I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults.” – We guess Joel Stein […]