In our morning reading: new writing from Janice Lee and Laurie Penny; interviews with Sofia Samatar, Josh Gondelman, and Michael J. Seidlinger; and much more.
Have you ever felt an essential sense of wrongness in everyday life? Disorientation can be a powerful literary tool, and it’s one that the late German author Wolfgang Hilbig understood well. In his introduction to Wolfgang Hilbig’s 2002 collection The Sleep of the Righteous, László Krasznahorkai described Hilbig’s vision as one where “only the weak, the sensitive, those incapable of bargaining and in no way heroic, can sense the chaos and the surrealism.” These stories deal with fragmented psyches, everyday […]
Afternoon Bites: Carrie Brownstein Interviewed, Dylan Thomas at 100, Joanna Newsom, Wolfgang Hilbig, and More
In our afternoon reading: conversations with Carrie Brownstein, notes on Dylan Thomas, Blake Butler on surreal novels, an interview with Isaac Fitzgerald, and more.
I think it’s safe to say that October is something of a juggernaut, as far as books we’re looking forward to are concerned. The full spectrum is covered: surreal short fiction, expansive works in translation, smart juxtapositions of pop and literary culture, insightful memoirs, and more.
Well, it’s July. Perhaps you’ll be doing some reading on a beach this month; alternately, you might be seeking to find a place, any place, with air conditioning to start turning pages and delving into something. The range of books we’re excited about this month encompasses everything from punk-influenced fiction to thoughtful meditations on national issues to acclaimed works in translation. What follows is a selection of the July books we’re looking forward to the most.