In our weekend reading: an award for Ling Ma, thoughts on Nathan Ballingrud’s fiction, and much more.
Weekend Bites: Binyavanga Wainaina Remembered, Casey Cep, Vivian Gornick on Nelson Algren’s Work, Sasha Fletcher, and More
In our weekend reading: looking back at the life and work of Binyavanga Wainaina, Casey Cep on her new book, and more.
The title of Nathan Ballingrud’s debut collection, North American Lake Monsters, simultaneously conveyed a sense of the pastoral and an abundance of menace. The stories within spanned a broad stylistic range, establishing just what Ballingrud could do — everything from deadpan surrealism to forays into the horrific. Collection number two opts for a different approach: this one’s called Wounds: Six Stories From the Border of Hell. Were you to guess that this ventures more overtly in the direction of horror, you’d be right, but even then, Ballingrud’s fiction showcases an impressive tonal range.
Rumor has it that it’s now springtime. And while we’re tempted to volley forth a “spring cleaning? more like spring reading, am I right?”-level salvo, it may be the wiser course of action to simply make with the book recommendations. And thus, here were go, with April’s notable titles encompassing everything from fictional trips into the uncanny to nonfiction that may bring clarity to a frustrating world. Here are some of the books that have caught our eye this month.
Morning Bites: Nicole Chung Nonfiction, Robert Ashley, Adapting Nathan Ballingrud, Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and More
In our morning reading: new writing from Nicole Chung, revisiting an album from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and more.
Morning Bites: Roxane Gay, Deirdre Coyle Fiction, Kevin Sampsell Interviewed, Lisa Locascio Poetry, and More
In our morning reading: new writing from Roxane Gay and Deirdre Coyle, thoughts on the fiction of Charles L. Grant, and more.
Weekend Bites: “The Fire This Time” Reviewed, Tracy O’Neill Nonfiction, William Gass’s Sentences, Samuel Ligon, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on a new Jesmyn Ward-edited anthology, new nonfiction from Tracy O’Neill, an interview with Nathan Ballingrud, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Claire Vaye Watkins, Alexander Chee Interviewed, Percival Everett, Nikesh Shukla’s Recommendations, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking with Alexander Chee, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Nathan Ballingrud; book recommendations from Nikesh Shukla; and more.