An interview with Jeff VanderMeer, a look at Nicola Griffith’s Hild, a new album from Hamish Kilgour, musings on Bill Cosby, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Writers’ Favorite Meals, Writing About Against Me!, Rachel Cantor Reviewed, Nicola Griffith Interviewed, and More
Talking with Deborah Solomon about her Norman Rockwell biography, writers on dining in Paris, Nicola Griffith interviewed, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Flannery O’Connor, Musical Subways, Kevin Sampsell Excerpt, Nicola Griffith’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Kevin Sampsell’s latest, thoughts on Flannery O’Connor, a Nicola Griffith playlist, musical subway turnstiles, the excess of album launch parties, and more.
Sometimes pulp is a detective in a fedora brandishing a revolver; sometimes it’s a rocket ship and a ray gun. Sometimes it’s more complex than that; sometimes certain basic elements are reworked and run through varying sensibilities. One can see the influence of Mickey Spillane’s stark prose on James Ellroy and David Peace, even as each brings their own particular sensibility to the table. (Related: this New York Times Magazine roundtable discussion of pulp is essential reading.) The three books discussed […]
#tobyreads: Geography Revisited — Brian Francis Slattery, Francesca Lia Block, and Nicola Griffith Rewrite Familiar Landscapes
Fiction has a particular ability to rework familiar places into new iterations of themselves. In some cases, this can be by presenting alternate or fantastical versions of a certain space; in others, it can come through pushing that space into the future (or pulling it back into history.) The three books discussed today reveal new sides to cities and towns we thought we knew — and make for good, sometimes moving reading.