In our afternoon reading: aphorisms from Muriel Spark, an essay by Alexander Chee, Scott Adlerberg on the making of his new novel, and more.
Morning Bites: García Márquez’s Final Novel, Jo Ann Beard, Revisiting Muriel Spark, Literary Aphex Twin, and More
A look at the works of Jo Ann Beard, the fate of Gabriel García Márquez’s final novel, a look at Muriel Spark’s Loitering With Intent, Masha Gessen on exiles, and more.
This afternoon: art made by typewriters, the essays of Muriel Spark, teaching the works of James Baldwin, and much more,
Morning Bites: Lynne Tillman, Muriel Spark Novels, National Magazine Awards, Ruth Curry on “The Everything Store,” and More
This morning: delve into the works of Lynne Tillman, Etgar Keret on the bad fates of good characters, an excerpt from Douglas Watson’s new novel, Ruth Curry talks Amazon.com, and more.
This week, I had the pleasure of reading four novels — three recent, one older — in which styles and genres that one might not expect to collide are brought together. Sometimes this is ornately constructed; for others, the approach seems to have been to place disparate elements in close proximity and see what emerges.
Tobias Carroll When I was in the midst of my holiday shopping, I picked up a copy of Muriel Spark’s Not to Disturb at Brooklyn’s Greenlight Bookstore. I read (and was floored by) Spark’s Memento Mori earlier in the year; Not to Disturb is a bit less resonant but deeply enjoyable. It’s very Gothic — locked rooms, sinister plots, and multiple references to “him in the attic” — but there’s a Richard Lester-esque briskness at work as well.