In our afternoon reading: a look at Renata Adler’s nonfiction collection, Zachary Lipez revisits the early albums of Green Day, new nonfiction from Rios de la Luz, an interview with Stacey Wakefield, and more.
April brings with a host of noteworthy books in a variety of styles. There’s nonfiction from some of the best prose stylists out there, a memoir from a composer who helped refine a now-ubiquitous style, philosophical novels, collections of jarring fiction–there’s plenty for avid readers to delight in this month. What follows are some of our most-anticipated books for this month.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Renata Adler, Fred Thomas, and Sarah Manguso; a preview of Lauren Groff’s next novel; Rick Perlstein on intellectuals’ ideological shifts; La Luz’s next album; and more.
I run into a friend at a Christmas party in a very warm apartment. He and I eat cheese by the open window. We talk about work, and this leads to us talking, for some reason, about Renata Adler. “You know,” he says, “there is a great Renata anecdote in the Daniel Menaker memoir about his time at The New Yorker. Menaker talks about how she reported that a hospital was bombed, but not only could they not confirm the […]
Afternoon Bites: Norman Lock Fiction, Food Journals, Chris Gethard, the “Midnight’s Children” Movie, and More
Hanging out with Salman Rushdie at the Midnight’s Children movie premiere. “If you look at an Isaac Babel story, for example, it’s between two and three pages, and what he does is a miracle.” Dawn Raffel interviewed Renata Adler for The Literarian. Recommended Reading has a story up from Norman Lock. Mary Roach book trailer, everybody. “It makes more sense if you think of The Chris Gethard Show less as a late-night talk show and more like stunt theater, live-action role-playing, and depression.” Jessica Suarez on […]
The making of the Making of Americans marathon reading. “As a child, books were a magical distraction from my anxiety — what, 20 years later would be diagnosed as obsessive-compulsive disorder. At school, every real-life, real-time decision — who to befriend, who to avoid — carried an infinite possibility of catastrophe, but I was safe when living inside a book.” Julia Fierro has a terrific essay up at The Millions. Damon Krukowski on alt-weeklies and the end of the Boston Phoenix. The […]
**Please note the new date** There’s this thing that happens all the time where a publisher decides that the out of print work of an author must be back on the shelves of bookstores and libraries, so the publisher rescues the work, gives it a spiffy new cover, maybe a foreword by a hotshot young writer, and hope that people rediscover the work. In the case of Renata Adler, and her books Speedboat and Pitch Dark, one must wonder why she went out of […]
Nouvella has your literary valentine needs covered. The latest installment of Book^2 Camp was yesterday; Philip Turner, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, and Dan Blank shared their thoughts on the event. “We need a name for them, that subset of literary protagonists who are appealing despite being appalling.” So begins Kathryn Schultz’s review of Amity Gage’s Schroder. Gary Indiana looks at the novels of Renata Adler in Bookforum. In today’s installment of “writers we like talking with writers we like,” Karolina Waclawiak chatted with Bookstalker. […]