Afternoon Bites: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole, Lee Ranaldo’s Latest, Wayne Koestenbaum, Atavist Books, and More


“He is comfortable enough with the sounds and effects we associate with Sonic Youth to replicate them without the intervening distance of reference, but he is also ready to push these sounds into other more conventionally tuneful byways. ” At Dusted, Jennifer Kelly looks at the new album from Lee Ranaldo & The Dust.

Atavist Books has announced their debut lineup of titles, including works from Karen Russell and Hari Kunzru.

Over the weekend, Vijay Iyer debuted Open City, inspired by Teju Cole’s novel of the same name, at Montclair State. TAt The Times, Ben Ratliff has a review.

At Hazlitt, Alexandra Molotkow writes about Wayne Koestenbaum’s My 1980s.

The first installment of Mairead Case’s “Dignity and Tenderness” is up at Bookslut.

Pitchfork has debuted a new column looking at mid-90s hip-hop.

Jon Reiss on fancy restaurants, dining with family, and literary gatherings.

The Los Angeles Review of Books looks at Toby Barlow’s Babayaga.

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