Sometimes I finish a book and feel sorry for whichever volume I will be starting next because the odds of it matching the brilliance of its predecessor are slim. That’s how I felt after finishing Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Albina and the Dog-Men. Luckily, what I started devouring a few hours later was Wendy C. Ortiz’s Bruja, which is packed with surreal imagery, emotional moments, and recollections that walk a fine, blurry, every-shifting line between memory and imagination. Jodorowsky’s pshycomagic is absolutely […]
Wendy C. Ortiz‘s three books to date could each be described as memoirs, but each one follows a very different strand of its author’s life, taking on a very different style and structure to do so. Her latest, Bruja, is described as a “dreamoir,” and chronicles Ortiz’s dreams over the course of many months. In them, people and situations recur, and the mood ranges from the surreal to the chilling. Ortiz and I read together in Newburgh, New York last […]
Morning Bites: Wendy C. Ortiz, Writers on the Election, Gabino Iglesias on Obsessions, Simon Roy, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Wendy C. Ortiz, writers react to the election, Gabino Iglesias on obsessions that can derail writing, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Wendy C. Ortiz’s new book, writing from Sherman Alexie, November book previews, and more.
Morning Bites: Alexander Chee on Elena Ferrante, Junot Diaz Interviewed, Karaoke, Wendy C. Ortiz, and More
In our morning reading: Alexander Chee on Elena Ferrante, thoughts on Wendy C. Ortiz’s new book, an interview with Junot Diaz, and more.
In our morning reading: exploring Robert Aickman’s fiction, an interview with Wendy C. Ortiz, musical recommendations from Body/Head, and more.
Morning Bites: Eliot Weinberger, Michael J. Seidlinger’s Latest, Wendy C. Ortiz Writing, Jeff VanderMeer, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Eliot Weinberger and Jonathan Lethem, new writing from Wendy C. Ortiz and Jeff VanderMeer, and more.
This may be our largest single month book preview. But then again, this October looks like an unusually strong month for books, whether you’re looking for unsettling fiction in translation, incisive cultural histories, or speculative fiction that takes some of our current concerns to their logical ends. And it wouldn’t be October reading without a couple of glimpses into the uncanny as well. Read on for a glimpse of the books that have caught our attention for this month.