There’s a long literary tradition of longform fiction set against the backdrop of someone on their deathbed. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is one of the lodestars here, for sure; I myself am partial to By Night in Chile for its haunting construction, both Satanic humblebrag and chastened confession. Max Porter’s latest novel, The Death of Francis Bacon, taps into that same dread-inducing momentum — the sense of a protagonist hurtling, depending on your (or their) perspective, into either the great beyond or complete nothingness.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Max Porter’s new novel, an interview with Ellen Datlow, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Chelsea Bieker and Emily Gould, poetry by Natalie Eilbert, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Sarah Rose Etter and George Scialabba, an interview with Natalie Diaz, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on novels by Igiaba Scego and Matt Cardin, an interview with Max Porter, and more.
In our afternoon reading: checking in with David Berman, thoughts on books by Max Porter and Jay Bernard, and more.
In our afternoon reading: exploring new novels by Max Porter and Isabel Waidner, an interview with Juliet Escoria, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Karen Russell and Max Porter, a playlist from Peter Rock, and more.