In our morning reading: new writing by Kristen Millares Young, an interview with Dana Spiotta, and more.
Fishing, Painting, Fireflies, and Metaphor
by Alex DiFrancesco
It was about a decade ago, and a romantic partner and I were driving back to New York City from the Catskill Mountains. My partner at the time’s name was Oscar, he was about twenty years older than me, and owned a cabin and some property at the top of a mountain upstate. We’d spent the weekend there, and on Sunday night, we were driving back into the city, down the highway, with WNYC on the car radio. We were mostly quiet, Oscar focused on the road in front of us, and me drifting in and out of thought, tired from hiking, happy to be in a heated car and headed back to Astoria, Queens, where we both lived. In the quiet, a song started playing through the car’s speakers. It was jazz — jazz is something I’ve always appreciated, but never been deeply into — but it was a totally different kind of jazz than I’d heard before. There was something joyful and a different kind of wild about it, something I responded to by immediately leaning forward and turning it up.
Afternoon Bites: Joe R. Lansdale’s Latest, Eduardo Halfon Nonfiction, Alex DiFrancesco Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Joe R. Lansdale’s new book, an interview with Alex DiFrancesco, and more.
Morning Bites: Alex DiFrancesco Fiction, Kiese Laymon, Rajiv Mohabir Interviewed, Rose City Band, and More
In our morning reading: fiction by Alex DiFrancesco, thoughts on Kiese Laymon’s writing, and more
Weekend Bites: Kiese Laymon’s Recommendations, Janet Malcolm’s Legacy, Alex DiFrancesco Interviewed, and More
In our weekend reading: book recommendations from Kiese Laymon, an interview with Alex DiFrancesco, and more.
Morning Bites: Alex DiFrancesco’s Collection, Don Cherry’s Discography, Brenda Peynado’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Alex DiFrancesco and Brenda Peynado, revisiting the music of Don Cherry, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alexandra Kleeman Interviewed, 1000 Words of Summer, Nebula Award Winners, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Alexandra Kleeman, book recommendations from Alex DiFrancesco, and more.
June’s here and it’s suddenly turned humid in our corner of the world. This isn’t all that surprising, but — for those who saver milder temperatures — it’s not exactly the best thing ever. And so, perhaps, it’s time to dub our June reads as ideal for reading in an air-conditioned room somewhere, or perhaps situated by a breezy outdoor spot. These books cover a lot of ground, from haunting memoirs to phantasmagorical fiction, as befits a time of constant change.