In our afternoon reading: James Wolcott on James Salter, new Tim Horvath fiction, essays from Alexis Coe and Lucas Mann, an interview with Michaelangelo Matos, and more.
In Alice + Freda Forever, Alexis Coe recounts a tragic, true-life love story that shocked America in 1892. To marry 17-year-old Freda Ward, 19-year-old Alice Mitchell attempted to pass as a man, but their forbidden love ended not in bliss but in bloodshed. Coe uses over 100 love letters, maps, artifacts, and other historical material to document a teenage murder that shocked the nation. Alexis will be in conversation with journalist and critic Margaret Eby.
Afternoon Bites: Toni Morrison, Decade’s Best Books, Waxahatchee’s Latest, New Alexis Coe Nonfiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: Toni Morrison interviewed in the Times, a look at the decade’s best books, Brandon Stosuy on Waxahatchee, new writing from Alexis Coe, and more.
Weekend Bites: Justin Taylor on Matt Summell, Talking Kelly Link, Ta-Nehisi Coates on David Carr, and More
In our weekend reading: news of the Kathy Acker Fellowship, Ta-Nehisi Coates remembers David Carr, Justin Taylor reviews the latest from Matt Summell, Roxane Gay on bad mentors, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Marc Maron Recommends Films, Alexis Coe Interviewed, Valeria Luiselli, Book Recommendation Hotline, and More
Film recommendations from Marc Maron, interviews with Alexis Coe and Phil Klay, Penguin starts a hotline for book recommendations, and much more.
Notes on Charles D’Ambrosio’s Loitering, Rick Perlstein on Life Itself, new writing from Alexis Coe, essays on art, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Discussing César Aira, Nick Antosca on Horror Films, Brooks Headley Interviewed, Julia Elliott, and More
A look at César Aira’s literary inspiration, discussing food and punk drumming with Brooks Headley, Alexis Coe was interviewed by Karen Abbott, Nick Antosca on horror films, and more.
When Lauren Beukes is on point, she unsettles like few other writers. Her novel Zoo City is both metaphorically and literally terrifying. In it, animals become tethered to people because of guilt; separating the two leads to horrific, catastrophic events, and society becomes subtly and bleakly changed as a result. The Shining Girls brought together the story of a time-traveling serial killer with a resonant portrayal of Chicago in the 1990s. I haven’t yet read her new novel Broken Monsters, but a number of smart readers I […]