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.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Michael J. Seidlinger and Heinrich von Kleist, short story recommendations, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Sam McPheeters’s memoir, new writing by Lynn Steger Strong, and more.
In our morning reading: new comics by Gabrielle Bell, an interview with D. Harlan Wilson, and more.
In our morning reading: essays by Tim Kinsella and Robert Lopez, how coronavirus is affecting writers, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the books of Stanisław Lem, Michael J. Seidlinger on quarantine reading.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Roque Larraquy, thoughts on unreliable narrators, and more.