In our afternoon reading: André Alexis wins an award, Shopping’s new album is reviewed, delving into the history of graphic novels, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Etgar Keret’s Playlist, Jami Attenberg Interviewed, André Alexis, Karolina Waclawiak’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: an Etgar Keret playlist, Jami Attenberg on a pair of terrific podcasts, Justin Taylor on The Grateful Dead, an excerpt from Karolina Waclawiak’s new one, and more.
Weekend Bites: Jami Attenberg Interviewed, André Alexis on Dogs, Chris Gethard on Soda, New xTx Fiction, and More
In our weekend reading: Jami Attenberg is interviewed, Chris Gethard talks soda, new writing from xTx, Mac McCaughan talks music, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Grant Hart Gets Literary, André Alexis’s Playlist, Françoise Mouly Interviewed, Michael T. Fournier, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking books with Grant Hart, a playlist from André Alexis, interviews with Françoise Mouly and Michael T. Fournier, and more.
April brings with a host of noteworthy books in a variety of styles. There’s nonfiction from some of the best prose stylists out there, a memoir from a composer who helped refine a now-ubiquitous style, philosophical novels, collections of jarring fiction–there’s plenty for avid readers to delight in this month. What follows are some of our most-anticipated books for this month.
I’d been meaning to read Beth Steidle’s The Static Herd for a while now. It’s a slim book, but a powerful one, juxtaposing scenes from a life with medical terminology ominous in its context and implications, diagrams, and illustrations. There are questions raised here of family, of mortality, and of things that go unnoticed; what it all adds up to, in the end, is a kind of impressionistic portrait of several interwoven lives, nestled alongside a meditation on observation and interpretation.
It’s the end of December. As I write this, I’m sitting on a couch in a basement in central New Jersey. I’ve made with some giftwrapping for gifts for family members, and I’m not quite ready to call it a night. David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks sits beside me, and I suspect that I’ll be reading a bit more of that before sleep claims me. I’m fairly tempted to say that the final week of 2014–of any year, really–is a time of […]