In our morning reading: an interview with Blake Butler, new writing from Carmen Maria Machado, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Machado de Assis, John Coltrane Revisited, Michael J. Seidlinger, Katherine Hill’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the fiction of Machado de Assis, a playlist from Katherine Hill, and more.
Morning Bites: Birit Bennett’s Latest, Ottessa Moshfegh, Lambda Literary Award Winners, Michael J. Seidlinger, and More
In our morning reading: reviews of novels by Brit Bennett and Ottessa Moshfegh, a list of bookstores well worth checking out, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kate Zambreno Interviewed, Revisiting Brian Evenson, Caine Prize Shortlist, Megan Stielstra on Writing Classes, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Kate Zambreno, fiction from Alexandra Chang, and more.
Michael J. Seidlinger’s new novel Dreams of Being is simultaneously a haunting story of depression, an ode to delicious food, and one of the most unsettling takes on the creative process I’ve read in a long time. In telling the story of the bond between a novice filmmaker and an expert in sushi, Seidlinger has created a fantastic book on isolation and frustration; even better, it’s a memorably immersive read. I spoke with Seidlinger about the book’s genesis, its literary lineage, and more.
What does May have in store for us, as far as books are concerned? A number of essay collections from some of our favorite writers, for one thing. Throw in some suspenseful novels, a welcome debut, and a book with an introduction from one of our favorite musicians and you have a combination for some terrific reading. Here are some of the books that caught our eye this month.
Morning Bites: Michael J. Seidlinger, Fernando Sdrigotti’s Recommendations, Oxford Collapse, “Michael Kohlhaas” Revisited, and More
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Michael J. Seidlinger and Heinrich von Kleist, short story recommendations, and more.
Morning Bites: Sam McPheeters, “Parasite” Revisited, Susanna Clarke, Lynn Steger Strong Nonfiction, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Sam McPheeters’s memoir, new writing by Lynn Steger Strong, and more.