“Under all my remarks rests a very unhappy premise. Fascism may be more to the tastes of the ruling powers in America than democracy. That doesn’t mean we’ll become a fascist country tomorrow. There are any number of extensive forces in America that would resist it. There are also huge forces in America that are promoting fascism, one way or another…” So wrote Norman Mailer in The Big Empty (2006), published a year before his death in 2007. He had been pressing the point since his first novel The Naked and the Dead in 1948 when he was twenty-five years old.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Rachel Eve Moulton and Jeff VanderMeer, horror filmmakers write horror fiction, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Andre Alexis’s new novel, revisiting 1930s fiction, and more.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Jami Attenberg’s new book, Jeff VanderMeer and Gus Moreno in conversation, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Terese Marie Mailhot, new writing by Natalie Eilbert, and much more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Jessica Winter and Leland Cheuk, new nonfiction from Darryl Pinckney, and more.
Celebrating P.G. Wodehouse’s birthday; revisiting Wild Style; Dean Wareham reviewed Mazzy Star’s new album; and more.
“The acting is awful, of course, in a way that reality television has made us all too familiar with.”