What does it mean to channel a season into art? The world of music composition is full of seasonally-themed work, some taking cues from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Max Richter had a go at reimagining Vivaldi’s composition, while the likes of Anna Meredith (with ANNO) and Philip Glass (with Violin Concerto No. 2) have worked to create music that exists in a kind of seasonal musical dialogue. In the literary world, Ali Smith recently concluded her own seasonal quartet, and Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book remains a touchstone for many readers.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Nina MacLaughlin and Garth Greenwell, an interview with Brady Jensen, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on Marguerite Duras’s nonfiction, fiction by Nina MacLaughlin, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Nina MacLaughlin, where publishing and politics converge, and more.
In our weekend reading: book recommendations from Mira Jacob, an interview with Nina MacLaughlin, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Nina MacLaughlin and Howard A. Rodman, previewing the most exciting books of the second half of 2019, and more.
In our weekend reading: a look back at the life and works of Gene Wolfe, new nonfiction from Summer Brennan, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Mitchell S. Jackson and Fiona Alison Duncan, tributes to Scott Walker, and more.