Like the anthology itself, this interview came about because of a spontaneous interaction on the platform formerly known as Twitter. I’d been aware of some of Aaron Burch’s (many, frighteningly many) other projects, but really didn’t know all that much about him. I was following him on Twitter, though, and upon its publication I saw the skull on the cover of How to Write a Novel: An Anthology of 21 Craft Essays About Writing, None of Which Ever Mention Writing next to a screenshot of the tweets that prompted the more formal beginning of the project. Spurred on by the jovial, friendly, and slightly left field vibes of the discussion on the original thread and in the replies on the publication post, I replied (out of left field) as well, and asked Aaron if he wanted to do an interview about the new anthology. And so we did an interview.
In our morning reading: a new story by Aaron Burch, a live album from The Feelies, and more.
And now it’s August. If my highly unscientific surveying of release dates and similar information is any indication, this month brings with it a very surreal array of books — including a lot of anthologies, some nicely surreal fiction, and some fascinating spins on classical mythology. What follows is a look at 11 books due out in August that we’re excited about. Maybe you will be, too.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of new books by Binyavanga Wainaina and Brandon Taylor, new writing from Jim Ruland, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Vladimir Sorokin and Aaron Burch, notable debut books, and more.
In our weekend reading: talking crime fiction with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an interview with Jessica Gross, and more.
In our morning reading: Ali Smith on J.G. Ballard, new writing by Aaron Burch, and much more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Tommy Pico and Eileen Myles, fiction from Gabino Iglesias, and more.