In our weekend reading: an interview with Jesse Ball, recommended works in translation, and more.
RAVI MANGLA is the author of the novels The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil) and Understudies (Outpost19). He lives in Rochester, NY.
What does it mean to be an artist living in an authoritarian regime? That’s one of the questions that Ravi Mangla wrestles with in his new novel The Observant. It’s a question that has come into play countless times in the real world, which provided Mangla with the inspiration behind this book, which focuses on a filmmaker living in a totalitarian state weighing the cost of his own freedom. As we did with Mangla’s earlier novel Understudies, we’re happy to be publishing an excerpt from this gripping new work.
In our weekend reading: stories by Diane Williams, an interview with Bud Smith, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Ravi Mangla’s Playlist, Cindy Sherman Revisited, Sherine Elbanhawy Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: a literary playlist from Ravi Mangla, thoughts on a Pavement reissue, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Sofia Samatar, a new issue of Midnight Breakfast, and more.