In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Samantha Hunt and Nicole Chung, an interview with John Wray, and more.
Morning Bites: Fatimah Asghar, Jeff Jackson’s Latest, Upper Wilds, Julie Doucet Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Fatimah Asghar and Jeff Jackson, an interview with Nicole Chung, and more.
Morning Bites: Nicole Chung, Hanif Abdurraqib on A Tribe Called Quest, Kiese Laymon Interviewed, Jeff Jackson, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Nicole Chung and Kiese Laymon, an exploration of a Brooklyn reading series, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jen Doll’s Latest, Kiese Laymon Interviewed, Nicole Chung, Lucinda Williams Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jen Doll and Nicole Chung, thoughts on the new Kinski album, and more.
Morning Bites: Gerald Murnane’s Album, Nicole Chung’s Memoir, John Wray, Deborah Eisenberg Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Gerald Murnane’s new album and Nicole Chung’s new book, an interview with John Wray, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Nicole Chung Nonfiction, Kristen Radtke on Loneliness, Samuel Jablon’s Art, Mark Lanegan, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Nicole Chung, new music from Mark Lanegan, and more.
Nicole Chung’s new memoir, All You Can Ever Know (Catapult) is the moving story of Chung’s childhood as a Korean American adoptee with white adoptive parents, her search for her birth parents, and what she learned once she found them. The knowledge that her search yielded was not at all what she had expected or imagined; some of it was hard to take. But if we are going to entrust anyone, Giver-style, with knowledge, I nominate Chung for trustee. The overwhelming impression that emerges from the book is a portrait of Chung as a thoughtful, conscientious, compassionate, and even-keeled person who considered the feelings of others at every step of her search and, of course, during the writing of the story.
It’s October. Halloween lurks at the end of the month; various awards shortlists are appearing on the scene; and the colder weather makes it ideal to curl up indoors–whether at home, a coffee shop, or a bar–with a good book. Thankfully, this month brings with it plenty of notable literary works, from experimental fiction to eagerly-anticipated essay collections. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have our attention.