In our afternoon reading: an interview with Walter Mosley, a new literary shortlist, and more.
In the Summer of 2020, I was hospitalized for almost a month and reached out via text to a limited number of writer-friends to let them know what was going on with me. Of that small number, Josh Russell has stayed in touch with me daily, in a manner that has improved my health, deepened our friendship, and, I hope, aided each other during a period in which there have been many days where both of us wondered if there was any reason to write fiction, particularly the kind of fiction each of us have chosen to pursue.
During that time, we’ve seen too how both of us, survivors of the eighties, midwesterners who’ve lived most of our adult lives in the south, married to southerners, who’ve navigated through a number of different universities—nine have seen fit to employ the two of us—have more in common than not. And I will say it unhesitatingly: I have no other correspondent whom I look forward to hearing from more.
Morning Bites: Catie Disabato’s Latest, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s Nobel, Bradley Sides’s Recommendations, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Catie Disabato’s new novel, an interview with Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, and more.
Big Bike Man
by Stephen A. Geller
Harry’s office door is closed when he’s talking to a patient. If it’s slightly ajar, he’s at his desk, music in the background, reading medical journals or writing a scientific paper.
Today, Harry was standing at the window, just staring out.
Weekend Bites: Gus Moreno’s Recommendations, Solange’s Library, Julia Shapiro’s Influences, and More
In our weekend reading: recommendations from Gus Moreno, the latest 5 Over 50 honorees, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Chelsea G. Summers on Bookstagram, Margaret Renkl Interviewed, Gord Hill’s Comics, and More
In our afternoon reading: Chelsea G. Summers on books and social media, an interview with Margaret Renkl, and more.
TOBIAS CARROLL is the author of Political Sign (Bloomsbury, 2020), Transitory (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), and Reel (Rare Bird, 2016). He is the managing editor of Vol.1 Brooklyn, and writes Words Without Borders’ Watchlist column. His writing has been published by Tin House, Rolling Stone, Hazlitt, The Scofield, Bookforum, and more. He has taught writing courses for LitReactor and Catapult.
Morning Bites: Kate Zambreno’s Latest, Sarah Rose Etter Interviewed, Fernanda Trías Excerpted, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kate Zambreno’s new book, interviews with Sarah Rose Etter and Kelefa Sanneh, and more.