Afternoon Bites: Essential NYC Books, Learning from Lydia Davis, Ellen Gilchrist, Afghan Whigs’ Latest, and More

Lydia Davis won the Man Booker

“I loved hearing her talk, though good public speaking isn’t a skill I necessarily enjoy in people.” Shane Jones wrote about taking a class taught by Lydia Davis.

What are the books to read to learn everything you need to know about New York?

Maura Johnston on Do the Beast, the latest from Afghan Whigs.

The Atlantic reports from this year’s AWP Conference.

Elisabeth Donnelly on revisiting the work of Ellen Gilchrist, whose new collection, Acts of God, is out now.

Anna Whitwham’s Boxer Handsome was reviewed at The Tottenville Review.

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