Afternoon Bites: Jami Attenberg on Soup, “The Woman Upstairs,” Ben Katchor’s New York, and More


“As an artist whose work often richly portrays overlooked and obscure aspects of New York City, he’s been more frequently compared to writers of the early 20th century like Joseph Mitchell than he has to any of his contemporaries, and it’s easy to see why. Katchor’s flagship character, Julius Knipl, was a man besieged and motivated by his memories of vanished and vanishing things, and seemed more at home in the disappearing Gotham of dairy cafeterias and Mitchell’s eccentrics than, say, in the trendy boutiques of the West Village or the Times Square Olive Garden.” The Los Angeles Review of Books on Ben Katchor and his new book, Hand-Drying in America.

Jami Attenberg talks chicken soup.

Our own Jason Diamond on Edith Wharton, the midwest, and The Custom of the Country.

Kyle Minor lists five new books about which he is excited. We concur.

The Totally Hip Book Review meets Claire Messud’s The Woman Upstairs.

Reunited queercore supergroup Limpwrist are coming to NYC in June.

On going to library school

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