The complexities of history and the narratives we create for ourselves are impressively evoked in Simeon Marsalis‘s novel As Lie Is to Grin. David, the novel’s protagonist, finds himself dealing with a series of evocative and unsettling pasts, from the unsettling history of the college he’s attending to the winding pasts of the artists he finds compelling. It’s a gripping novel, precisely and evocatively structured. I talked with Marsalis about the creation of the book and its connection to other […]
In our afternoon reading: Sarah McCarry on Philip Pullman’s latest novel, news on Mairead Case’s next project, writers discuss fear, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Victor LaValle on Richard Matheson, Simeon Marsalis Nonfiction, Valeria Luiselli, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the fiction of Richard Matheson, Nick Antosca on telling horror stories in 2017, and more.
The books that have gotten our attention for the month of October are a wide-ranging bunch, ranging from eagerly anticipated works from literary titans to bold voices from across the globe appearing in translation. Here’s a look at some of the works that we’re most excited about for the weeks to come.