Well, it’s November, and the days are growing shorter and shorter. (Assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere, at least.) We’d say that this group of books are an array of doorstoppers, suitable for curling up by the fire, but that’s not entirely true; most of these books are quite trim, in fact. They do represent a wide array of styles, however: from comic novels to incisive cultural studies; from surreal fiction in translation to candid usage of the essay form. Here are a few of the November books we’re most excited about.
In our afternoon reading: Sarah Rose Etter and Tommy Pico in conversation, thoughts on Toni Morrison and music, and more.
In our morning reading: interviews with Flying Lotus and Tommy Pico, thoughts on the fiction of Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, and more.
2018 brought with it a lot of great poetry. Some revisited older forms or older stories to create something vital and new, while others took bold risks with language in order to illuminate aspects of the present sociopolitical condition. Whether they were causing us to rethink the quotidian or leading us to unexpected places, here are some of our favorite examples of verse that emerged this year.
In our afternoon reading: essays by Jonathan Lethem and Tommy Pico, an excerpt from Jenny Hval’s newly-translated novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by R. O. Kwon and Tommy Pico, new writing by Mairead Case, and more.
In our afternoon reading: exploring Philip Roth’s life and work, thoughts on Tommy Pico’s new book, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Tommy Pico, thoughts on the writings of Nalo Hopkinson and Bruno Schulz, and more.