In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Elizabeth Hardwick’s essays, new writing by Lauren Elkin and Mira Ptacin, and more.
It was cold the morning after it was announced David Bowie had died. Not surprising since I live in New York City and it happened in January. Yet I found myself standing outside my apartment around six in the morning, gym clothes on, not really dressed to be idling around. I put on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which I’ve listened to countless times since I was about 13, and simply referred to […]
It’s been a great year for nonfiction so far, with work that’s encompassed everything from memorable and harrowing true-life stories to formally bold takes on everyday topics. What follows is a look at some of the nonfiction books that have gotten our attention in the first half of this year.
Poor Your Soul, the debut effort from author Mira Ptacin, sets its sight on telling untold stories of women. The title, a delicious phrase taken from the idiosyncratic immigrant English of her powerful mother, signifies a complex, overlapping story of the bonds between two generations of powerful women dealing with death and the creation of life, using pain and suffering as the connective tissue. Ptacin, a native of the smaller Battle Creek, Michigan, finds herself beguiled by the glittering illusions […]
In our afternoon reading: checking in with David Bowie, a musical Rick Moody project, news from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and more.
Morning Bites: Mira Ptacin Interviewed, Public Libraries, Revisiting Bohumil Hrabal, Ship Thieves, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Mira Ptacin, a look at the life and legacy of Blowfly, the fiction of Bohumil Hrabal, and more.
UPDATE: Due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been cancelled. In their review of Mira Ptacin’s new memoir Poor Your Soul, Kirkus called it “[b]eautifully written, at just the right emotional pitch.” We’re happy to be co-hosting a Brooklyn event for Ptacin and her book at WORD in Greenpoint next month. The evening will feature readings from Mira Ptacin, Ashley C. Ford, and Alexis Coe. Afterwards, Vol.1 Brooklyn founder Jason Diamond will interview Ptacin about Poor Your Soul. […]
In our morning reading: a playlist from Mira Ptacin, new writing from Margaret Eby and Alexandra Molotkow, an interview with Fiston Mwanza Mujila, and more.