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 morning reading: reviews of novels by Erika T. Wurth and Fleur Jaeggy, Yahdon Israel on the influence of Toni Morrison, and more.
In our weekend reading: a report from Toni Morrison’s memorial, interviews with Kathleen Hanna and Leland Cheuk, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Sarah Rose Etter and Tommy Pico in conversation, thoughts on Toni Morrison and music, and more.
In our morning reading: new nonfiction by Tara Isabella Burton and Kim Kelly, interviews with Kali Fajardo-Anstine and Ellen Datlow, and more.
In our afternoon reading: talking books and movies with Jess Row, tributes to Toni Morrison, and more.
In our afternoon reading: looking back at the life and legacy of Toni Morrison, reviews of books by Brian Evenson and Jess Row, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing by Patty Yumi Cottrell, an interview with Frances Badalamenti, and more.