The last time I talked with Amina Cain it was 2013 and the subject was her book Creature. Now, Cain has returned with a new book, Indelicacy — a novel about a woman’s artistic awakening amidst questions of art, intimacy, and class. It’s a difficult book to describe, because so much of its power stems from the manner in which Cain tells it story: what she keeps in, what she leaves out, and how she transforms the familiar into something almost fantastical. I talked with Cain about her new book and how she created it earlier this month.
This afternoon: new books from Willy Vlautin and Elena Ferrante, an interview with Ben Marcus, thoughts on the latest from Sun Kil Moon, and much more.
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
I think by saying he is the “Buddha of New York’s L-train set“, Taylor Antrim of The Daily Beast is saying that Chuck Klosterman is big with “the hipsters”. However, I gotta say, I find Klosterman to be more of a F-train kinda guy — big with “the freelancers” and “hipster parents“. That’s just me of course, and I’m usually wrong. Lit. Orhan Pamuk has a museum. What do you have? The UK name their first laureate for storytelling. His […]
What’s with various print media developing food and drink equivalents to literary writers, books, and characters? New Yorker’s The Book Bench and The Guardian’s BooksBlog do it. Every week, Lit Spirits, a weekly feature for Book Bench, employs their “resident mixologist” to “pair cocktails with characters from literature.” And the Guardian, similarly, has actively engaged commenters in a debate as to what type of coffee Turkish novelist and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk would be. The idea is astonishingly frivolous […]