Since the beginning of 2020, a pair of books by Matthew Salesses have reached bookshelves wherever books are sold. On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear is a distinctive spin on the idea of the fictional double, blending the surrealism inherent in the concept with a harrowing take on contemporary politics. Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshoppingoffers a stunning take on how fiction and writing are taught, and where some of the foundations of the form fall short. I talked with Salesses about the writing of both books and whether they helped to shape one another — and what George Constanza had to do with it all.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Matthew Salesses, new music from Damon Locks, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Matthew Salesses, poetry by Georges Perec, and more.
In our morning reading: a literary award for Bhanu Kapil, an interview with Matthew Salesses, and more.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Matthew Salesses’s new book, an interview with Kevin Barry, and more.
In our morning reading: Natalka Burian on literary inspirations, new Lincoln Michel fiction, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Kathe Koja and Matthew Salesses, Kim Stanley Robinson on science fiction, and more.
In our afternoon reading: revisiting the works of Hervé Guibert, new writing from Matthew Salesses, and more.