In our afternoon reading: interviews with Hanif Abdurraqib and Sharon Van Etten, reading this year’s National Book Award nominees, and more.
Morning Bites: Saeed Jones Interviewed, “Inherent Vice” Trailer, Shawn Vestal, New Krasznahorkai Fiction, and More
A pair of interviews with Saeed Jones, the trailer for Inherent Vice, new fiction from László Krasznahorkai, notable literary Twitter feeds, and more.
Weekend Bites: Catherine Lacey Interviewed, Teju Cole on Wangechi Mutu, NY Art Book Fair, Hiss Golden Messenger, and More
Talking with Catherine Lacey, Teju Cole on art, thoughts on the new album from Hiss Golden Messenger, anticipating the film of Inherent Vice, and more.
Morning Bites: The “Inherent Vice” Movie, Roxane Gay, Elena Ferrante Interviewed, Wells Tower’s Nonfiction, and More
News of the Inherent Vice film, interviews with Roxane Gay and Elena Ferrante, Wells Tower’s nonfiction, NYC’s own floating library, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jonathan Lethem Interviewed, Warren Ellis on “Against the Day,” Kronos Quartet, Raymond Pettibon’s Surfer Art, and More
This afternoon: Warren Ellis makes the case for Against the Day, interviews with Jonathan Lethem and Wendy Lotterman, the art of Raymond Pettibon, and more.
Last week’s column looked at isolation and solitude. This week’s goes in a different direction: finding literature that brings together unexpected elements in deeply effective ways. This can include everything from science fiction incorporating elements of folklore to surreal fiction inspired by the lives of animals to an elusive, digressive take on the detective novel.
I started reading Thomas Pynchon at an age long before I was prepared for the density of his prose, his images, and the connections he makes between disparate aspects of life. Does it matter? No — I was hooked. I was, in my early teens, a pretty dedicated reader of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. (Fun fact: also the first place I encountered the fiction of one Jonathan Lethem.) In one of his regular columns on books — this one […]
Since its publication in 1973, Thomas Pynchon’s acclaimed novel Gravity’s Rainbow has been a marvel of verbiage which has delighted and perplexed all who dare crack its pages. Most startling of all are new revelations that some of the book’s most artful and curious phrases bare striking parallels to the inner life of Lebron James, a twenty-eight year old professional basketball sensation who has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player four times, yet has hosted the ESPY Awards only […]