In our afternoon reading: remembering the life and work of E.L. Doctorow, interviews with Noelle Stevenson and Ales Kot, new writing from Maxwell Neely-Cohen, and more.
Interviewed with Nell Zink and Maxwell Neely-Cohen, Erika Wurth on diversity in publishing, Warren Ellis on author-edited journals, and more.
Kanae Minato’s “Confessions,” Max Neely-Cohen’s “Echo of the Boom,” and In Praise of the Pop Culture Book Blurb
The bestseller status in Japan and Oscar nomination didn’t get me to pick up Kanae Minato’s Confessions; it was the blurb. Blurbs have become something of a joke within the book world: Shteyngart blurbs about a thousand books a year, says he’s retiring, but then you see his quote on another new book. Jennifer Egan blurbs, Sam Lipsyte blurbs, and even Carrie Brownstein has a blurb on the back of Merritt Tierce’s Love Me Back. We make fun of the blurb and overlook it because they seem to […]
Talking with Adrian Tomine and White Lung, thoughts on books from Maxwell Neely-Cohen and James Brubaker, a playlist from Sean Michaels, and more.
Weekend Bites: Hipster Punchlines, Pulp Documentary, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Maxwell Neely-Cohen’s Playlist, and More
Thoughts on the Pulp documentary, a Maxwell Neely-Cohen playlist, notes on the hipster as punchline, Kelly Sue DeConnick on comics, an excerpt from Juliet Escoria’s new collection, and more for your weekend reading.
Afternoon Bites: Rushdie on García Márquez, Revisiting Pulp, New Nicola Griffith Fiction, Bellow on Film, and More
This afternoon: a Pulp album turns twenty, Saul Bellow on film, Salman Rushdie’s tribute to Gabriel García Márquez, new fiction from Nicola Griffith, a Juliet Escoria interview, poetry from Tommy Pico, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Adrian Tomine Interviewed, Video Game Lit, Kim Gordon and Nirvana, Kody Scheer, and More
Talking with Adrian Tomine; Maxwell Neely-Cohen on video games, literature, and narrative; Maura Johnston on poptimism; new work from Elizabeth Ellen, and more.
When I was in Portland earlier this month, I was told that I needed to read Justin Hocking’s memoir The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld. The recommendation came from Michael Heald, who knows a thing or two about good nonfiction; I was in the midst of talking about various anxieties and frustrations relative to life in New York, writing, and other things, and he suggested that Hocking’s memoir would be a useful thing to read. I’m tempted to say that he’s right. […]