In our morning reading: Kiese Laymon talked with Jesmyn Ward, an inside look at Brooklyn DIY spaces, holiday-themed stories from a host of writers, Mensah Demary interviewed, and more.
We’re taking a brief holiday break; normal posting will resume on Friday.
Afternoon Bites: Scott Cheshire Essay, Emma Straub on Nashville, Megan Stielstra Interviewed, Nina McConigley Fiction, and More
New writing from Emma Straub and Scott Cheshire, an interview with Megan Stielstra, a story from Nina McConigley, musicians talk stagediving, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Edan Lepucki on Margaret Atwood, Emma Straub’s Novel Tips, All Ages Press Debuts, Cheever’s House, and More
Edan Lepucki on her admiration for the work of Margaret Atwood, Emma Straub on writing a novel, Futurism and noise-punk, A.N. Devers on John Cheever, Nina McConigley reads from her novel, Adam Kirsch on Brian Morton, and more.
Morning Bites: Talking “God Help the Girl,” Patricia Lockwood, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Writings, and More
Talking film with Stuart Murdoch, new writing from Nina McConigley and Lola Pelligrino, Patricia Lockwood’s food diary, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s writings in light of his films, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Louise Glück, Ben Lerner, Nina McConigley Interviewed, New Wendy C. Ortiz Writing, The Gotobeds, and More
Poetry from Louise Glück, a profile of Ben Lerner, new writing from Brian Evenson and Wendy C. Ortiz, interviews with Shane Jones and Nina McConigley, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Michel Gondry on Boris Vian, Emma Straub Interviewed, New David Kilgour, Library Residencies, and More
Michel Gondry on the influence of Boris Vian, an interview with Emma Straub, a look at Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, new music from David Kilgour and Dark Blue, and more.
Morning Bites: Mavis Gallant, Fictional Gordon Lish, Malkmus Advice, Angel Olsen Reviewed, and More
This morning: remembering Mavis Gallant, Stephen Malkmus provides advice, the classical music comedy of Sid Caesar, Nina McConigley is interviewed, and more.
#tobyreads: Three Collections, From the Cerebral to the Horrific
And we’re back. Three collections this week: one memorable selection of essays on artists, one group of realistic stories of cultures intersecting, and one gripping dose of cosmic horror. Stating that I’m a fan of Janet Malcolm’s writing is not exactly a groundbreaking comment, I realize. I was eager to read her newly released nonfiction collection Forty-One False Starts in part because I’ve largely encountered her work at book length; reading more focused examples of her writing was definitely appealing.