In our weekend reading: Gabino Iglesias reviewed Juliet Escoria’s new book, new nonfiction from Isaac Fitzgerald, thoughts on the Misfits reunion, and more.
Weekend Bites: Sheila Heti, Michael Kimball on “Galaga,” Will Chancellor Reviewed, Edan Lepucki, and More
New writing from Sheila Heti, excerpts from books from Michael Kimball and Jeffrey Renard Allen, interviews with James Yeh and Edan Lepucki, and much more for your weekend reading.
Morning Bites: Sharon Van Etten, Mel Brooks Interviewed, Nathaniel P. Reconsidered, “The Flamethrowers” on Film, and More
Checking in with Sharon Van Etten, Mel Brooks on the making of Blazing Saddles, Jane Campion may adapt The Flamethrowers, and more.
Morning Bites: Stanley Crawford, Catching Up with Karen Russell, Jarmusch’s Latest, Revisiting Nathaniel P., and More
This morning: Adelle Waldman revisits the milieu of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P., reviews of books by Leslie Jamison and Stanley Crawdford, an interview with Karen Russell, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Teju Cole on NYC, Melissa Broder’s Poetry, Catching Up With EMA, Paul Rome & Adelle Waldman at NYU, and More
This afternoon: new writing from Teju Cole, talking with EMA about her upcoming album, reports from the Indie Pop Prom and a Paul Rome/Adelle Waldman reading, the debut of a new journal, and more.
Morning Bites: Lee Hazelwood, Debating “Nathaniel P.,” Literary Snobs, Ivan Vladislavic, and More
This morning: a playlist from Ivan Vladislavic, a taxonomy of literary snobs, when smart fiction prompts political debates, Lee Hazelwood, and more.
A Year of Favorites: Sari Botton
The Best Books I Read in 2013 My fellow passengers on a flight to LA last month must have thought I was insane. Reading Meaty, Samantha Irby’s TMI-filled collection of essays (a recent Emily Books selection), I found myself one minute crying over a young Irby being smacked by her alcoholic dad because she’d washed a cast iron pan with soap; the next I was laughing out loud at her mediations on the indignities of sex between real, flawed humans […]
The Reading Life: Her Dark Materials
Over dinner after drinks, my friend and I eavesdrop and happen to hear two women talking about books. One of them summarizes The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. as “all set in Brooklyn.” My friend and I make faces at each other and keep listening. Other books are brought up, but none of their selling points seem to us as crushing as the first. “All set in Brooklyn.” “I have to read that” was the response, in case you didn’t […]