In our afternoon reading: a feature on Ayad Akhtar, thoughts on Adam Cesare’s new novel, and more.
The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance.
Morning Bites: Vladimir Nabokov, Okechukwu Nzelu Interviewed, Kathe Koja, Revisiting Yo La Tengo, and More
In our morning reading: Ryan Chapman on Vladimir Nabokov, a playlist from Kathe Koja, and more.
by Treena Thibodeau
Zenobia thinks we should get a dog.
I don’t want a dog, I say. Who’s going to take care of a dog?
We both will, she says. My whole life I wanted a dog and no one ever let me get one. Come on, Tuck, it’ll make me happy.
Magic words: a way to make Zenobia happy. Something that will turn her toward me like the tumblers of a lock. We’re on the couch, and even after I let her pick the show and make her the popcorn she likes (coconut oil, freshly grated parmesan cheese, Zenobia frowning at the mess of the pot as if someone threw it sticky and smoking through our window. She loves messy things, like cheese popcorn and dogs, and hates mess), she still is not looking at the television but rather at an empty stretch of wall. I keep checking to see if there’s something crawling there. It’s unsettling.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Lyz Lenz and Jenny Bhatt, great neo-noir fiction, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Rita Indiana, Jeremy Robert Johnson’s Latest, Susanna Clarke, Kate Bush Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Rita Indiana’s music, reviews of books by Jeremy Robert Johnson and Susanna Clarke, and more.
Morning Bites: Natalie Bakopoulos’s Playlist, R.O. Kwon, Adam Wilson Interviewed, Nathalie Léger, and More
In our morning reading: a playlist from Natalie Bakopoulos, an interview with Adam Wilson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Laura van den Berg, Karolina Waclawiak Interviewed, Pandemic Literature, Sophie Mackintosh, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of Laura van den Berg’s collection, an interview with Karolina Waclawiak, and more.