Though it’s largely set in an unnamed Latin American nation, Idra Novey’s new novel Those Who Knew abounds with moments that will sound familiar to readers in the United States. There’s a seemingly-idealistic male political candidate whose upstanding veneer conceals bleaker impulses; there’s the fact that said candidate’s treatment of women places him one potential scandal away from (justifiable) ruin. Novey’s novel abounds with legislators compromised by their ties to industry, artists from the upper class relentlessly mocking the foibles of the wealthy, and a landscape in which the political and the intimately personal are inexorably connected.
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Tim Mohr, an interview with Sergio de la Pava, and much more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Sergio de la Pava and Morgan Jerkins, an interview with Laura van den Berg, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Will Boast and Sergio De La Pava, revisiting the music of The Ex, and more.
Talking with Sergio de la Pava and Paula Bomer, Kim Gordon on film, reviews of books from Boris Vian and Christopher Beha, and more.
This afternoon: Sergio de la Pava in New York, the music of Tanya Donnelly, thoughts on Spike Jonze’s latest, and more.
Sergio De La Pava has a new novel out (and a playlist to go along with it); Mark Morris talked with The Paris Review; the authors of The Disaster Artist are interviewed; and more.