In our afternoon reading: talking politics with Philip Roth, thoughts on Jen Michalski’s latest book, a look at Neil Gaiman’s bookshelf, and more.
In our afternoon reading: checking in with Chloe Caldwell, Laird Barron on Peter Straub’s “Koko,” and much more.
At Literary Hub, you’ll find a conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Ivan Vladislavić on a variety of topics. (We interviewed Vladislavić last year.) One of the areas of discussion focused on Vladislavić’s political awareness as a writer. In his response, he alluded to his search for the best way to address the politics of apartheid-era South Africa in his own work, and took influence from an unexpected place.
In our morning reading: wishing Philip Roth a happy birthday, notes on Kathy Acker, a review of Kendrick Lamar’s new album, what happens when your mother designs an ad for your book, and more.
Morning Bites: Michael DeForge, Teju Cole Interviewed, “No Cities to Love” Reviewed, Roth on Film, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Teju Cole and Stephen Graham Jones, notes on Michael DeForge’s new comic, a new Philip Roth adaptation is reviewed, Jenn Pelly on Sleater-Kinney’s latest, and more.
Cross-country flights often give me a chance to work through the larger side of my to-read pile. That’s how I came to read John Berger’s Selected Essays and T.J. Binyon’s Pushkin in the last week and change. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s The Confessions ended up on my radar through WORD’s Classics book group. Initially, this was going to be what this week’s column would be about: Weighty Tomes, door-stoppers; books with a size suitable for comment. Instead, I’m going with novels. Weird, idiosyncratic […]
Afternoon Bites: Alexander Chee, New Norman Lock, Spike Lee’s Music Videos, The Blow Returns, and More
A look at Claudia Roth Pierpont’s new Philip Roth biography; talking cleanses and visions with Alexander Chee; Norman Lock’s next book; the music videos of Spike Lee; and more.
Afternoon Bites: Writers’ Retirements, Black Flag Lawsuit, Shakespeare in Prison, Endangered Media, and More
A look at the books of Orange is the New Black, Black Flag lawsuits, writers’ retirements, ways to preserve endangered media, and much more.