In our weekend reading: an excerpt from Larissa Pham’s new book, looking back at the works of Richard Wright, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Hala Alyan’s new novel, writing by Eileen Myles, and more.
Morning Bites: Donika Kelly Interviewed, June Jordan, Revisiting Shary Flenniken, Ada Limón, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Donika Kelly, thoughts on the music of Bobby Lee, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Olivia Laing’s Recommendations, Julien Baker, Susan Shapiro Interviewed, Peter Ho Davies, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking books with Olivia Laing, a playlist from Joshua Mohr, and more.
GARIELLE LUTZ’s newest book is Worsted (Short Flight/Long Drive Books, 2021). Previous books include The Complete Gary Lutz (Tyrant Books) and The Gotham Grammarian (Calamari Archive).
MONTGOMERY MAXTON is a poet, writer, photographer, and mixed-media artist. Born and raised in Cincinnati, his photography has appeared on NationalGeographic.com, among other outlets, and his poetry published on numerous websites and in various print anthologies. He is the author of the poetry collections This Beautiful Bizarre (2010), Champagne (2016), and New and Selected Poems: 1999-2018. He released a graphic novel, The Manhattan Man, in 2018. In 2021 he’ll release his short novel, Moonlight on the Sunshine Roses, which he wrote in 2009, as well as his fourth poetry collection, Shipwreck. He lives in New York City.
The projection of self as god works far better as a mantra of living if the reality around you is believable. If the narrative and the plot holds true, and if dreams and assumptions come to fruition, then the little world around you can be one of your own creation. Unless of course, the narrative you have created disintegrates before your very eyes, washed away by every adverse or unexpected event, the true events of life playing out incorrectly according to the preconceived story. Rachel Cusk, star auto-fictional writer of the twenty-first century, wonders at this self-as-god idea, and wars against her loss of attaining it, returns to her dissection of the limits of the self in her new novel Second Place. The story is told by the narrator, referred to as M, to a Jeffers, a therapist-like presence, or maybe a pet. M recants the story of L, a famous artist, coming to stay at her and her husband Tony’s second place, a small artist’s studio near the main residence on the secluded marshland they live on (a Marfa-Marsh if you will.)
Morning Bites: Cathy Park Hong, Ed Brubaker Interviewed, David Coggins, Jon McGregor’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: an adaptation of Cathy Park Hong’s latest book, interviews with David Coggins and Ed Brubaker, and more.