Notes on the Special Pillow, the Holdout, Mikey Erg, and Alice Bag
Or: An Open Letter to My Bandmate, Former and Future, John Ross Bowie
You still subscribe to Razorcake, right? What did you think about Donna Ramone’s recent column, where she writes about listening to favorite punk albums with new lenses? I love her line about needing to clean off “the nostalgia grease from this mirror and see some of that punk I love for what it really is.” We texted later and she said the column came out of group chats, spiraling with friends about old punk records. “Fear? Is Fear…ah fuck. What about the Dwarves? I can’t handle this.” She described it as a conversation she wants to keep having despite the discomfort. Old favorites and new standards don’t always jell.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Jesse Ball’s new novel, talking translation with Christina MacSweeney, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Morgan Jerkins, new writing by Jami Attenberg, postpunk inspired by surreal fiction, and more.
In our morning reading: talking with Jeff VanderMeer, reviews of books by Edwidge Danticat and Yuri Herrera, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on novels by Jade Sharma and Nathan Hill, interviews with Alice Bag and Peter Tieryas, and more.
Due to the holiday, we’ll be on a reduced schedule for the rest of this weekend. Sunday Stories will return next week, and normal posting will resume on Tuesday.
In our morning reading: thoughts on the fiction of Virginie Despentes, essays by Haley Mlotek and Matthew Gavin Frank, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Geoff Dyer and Alice Bag, the So So Glos on the Market Hotel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from the new graphic novel about Daniel Johnston, new fiction from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and much more.