In his introduction to a new edition of Mark Beyer’s 1987 graphic novel Agony, Colson Whitehead invokes one of the bleakest of Saturday Night Live recurring characters: Mr. Bill. For those unfamiliar, Mr. Bill was a man made of clay whose adventures would largely involve him being mutilated in assorted ways by an assortment of adversaries, including the seemingly kindly and softspoken Mr. Hands. A similar blend of eager optimism and soul- and body-crushing misadventures can be found in Beyer’s […]
Weekend Bites: Colson Whitehead on Mark Beyer, Dana Spiotta Interviewed, Mark de Silva, A. Igoni Barrett’s Latest, and More
In our weekend reading: new writing from Colson Whitehead, interviews with Kaitlyn Greenidge and Dana Spiotta, and more.