In our morning reading: thoughts on Daryl Gregory’s new novel, an interview with Matt Bell, and more.
One of the most challenging tasks for any writer is evoking the physicality of life using only words on a page. With his new book The Archeology of a Good Ragù: Discovering Naples, My Father and Myself, John Domini does exactly that. Simultaneously a concise history of Domini’s family, a portrait of contemporary Naples, and an exploration of the region’s food and art, the book seamlessly moves from one topic to the next, memorably evoking a holistic sense of the minutiae of life. Domini and I chatted via email about the long process of writing this book and how it connects to his other works.
Morning Bites: Carmen Maria Machado Interviewed, Michaelangelo Matos, “American Utopia” Reviewed, Miranda Popkey, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Carmen Maria Machado, notable ambient albums, and more.
Morning Bites: David Karashima on Haruki Murakami, Laird Barron Interviewed, Spike Lee and David Byrne, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with David Karashima and Laird Barron, a review of Big Bruiser Dope Boy’s new collection, and more.
Morning Bites: Elizabeth Hand Interviewed, Booker Prize Longlist, Ryan Chapman, “Do the Right Thing” at 30, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Elizabeth Hand and Ryan Chapman, thoughts on the new Gauche album, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Catherine Lacey, new writing by Zack Graham, revisiting the music of Cocteau Twins, and more.
Afternoon Bites: George Eliot Revisited, Coney Island Lit, Carmen Maria Machado, Spike Lee Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on underrated George Eliot books, talking film and television with Spike Lee, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Laura van den Berg, Garth Greenwell on “The Queen of the Night,” Vivian Gornick, Charles D’Ambrosio Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: Garth Greenwell on Alexander Chee’s new novel, interviews with Laura van den Berg and Charles D’Ambrosio, poetry from Natalie Eilbert, and more.