Earlier this year, I interviewed writer Tom Lutz at the Strand. The occasion was the release of his new novel Born Slippy, the story of two men — Frank, a self-taught carpenter, and Dmitry, an ambitious and amoral figure — whose paths cross again and again over the years. What begins as a wry character study slowly becomes a moral thriller along the lines of Graham Greene, making for a thrilling read. Before our event, I spoke with Lutz at a nearby coffee shop about his novel’s genesis, his work with the Los Angeles Review of Books, and more.
In our weekend reading: new nonfiction by Maryse Condé and Gabino Iglesias, reviews of books by Steph Cha and Garth Greenwell, and more.
In our afternoon reading: book recommendations from Steph Cha and Crissy Van Meter, an interview with Shopping, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a literary award for Roger Robinson, Steph Cha and Tom Lutz in conversation, and more.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Jac Jemc and Helon Habila, a review of Gary Lutz’s new collection, and more.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Helen McClory’s new book, interviews with Steph Cha and Warren Ellis, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Steph Cha and Leland Cheuk, thoughts on Kim Gordon’s solo album, and more.
In our afternoon reading: the (possible) return of Silver Jews; interviews with Chelsea Hodson, Steph Cha, and Marissa Paternoster; talking comics and immortality with Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire; and more.