A Troy James Weaver story reminds me of when I want to eat at a Waffle House, by myself. Or go to DisneyLand, but just to walk around. He depicts the awareness of being alone in a crowded space better than any writer I know. Of the calculated, precise sentences of Édouard Levé or Gary Lutz, but with a humble radiance that seems ready to explode in a vicious hellfire at any moment, Selected Stories is the collection you run looking for because you left it in the corner booth at the 24-hr. diner just before the apocalypse.
Besides the promise of cooler weather, pumpkin spice everything, and sweaters on the rise, what does October have to offer? If you’re looking for new books to read, the answer is “plenty.” This month brings with it candid and harrowing memoirs, stunning short fiction, and expansive novels — a fantastic array of literary work to carry you into the autumn. Here’s a look at some of our most-anticipated books for the month.
In our afternoon reading: a review of Chris Forsyth’s new album, an interview with Bryan Washington, and more.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Sam Lipsyte and Mairead Case, poetry from Mike Lala, and more.
In our morning reading: a review of J Mascis’s new album, thoughts on the life of Stan Lee, fiction from Troy James Weaver, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Lynn Melnick’s poetry and the music of Constant Mongrel, fiction by Troy James Weaver, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Stephen Markley and Fuminori Nakamura, new writing by Troy James Weaver, and more.
In our morning reading: Jennifer Baker on great short story collections, new fiction by Samanta Schweblin and Troy James Weaver, and more.