In our morning reading: the Tournament of Books begins, new writing from Rahawa Haile and Rios de la Luz, a look at Frank Tashlin’s animation work, Chastity Belt’s new album, and more.
A Year of Favorites: Jason Diamond
I felt the need to go back and revisit some of the books on this list I’ve been compiling since January 1st to see how these titles stood up since I spent the first six months of 2014 reading for work, and the second-half mostly for pleasure. What I came away with was the realization that I couldn’t think of another year where new literature brought me so much joy as much as 2014 did. Sure, I was reading a lot […]
#tobyreads: Portraits of Places
I’m speaking metaphorically here, in some cases. There’s certainly some geography involved here, and more than a little time, but either way: the trio of books I’m discussing today all veer in on a particular place, sometimes in time, sometimes not. And that sense of place is indeed neatly captured and relayed via the page in all three cases, with impressive results.
Morning Bites: Literary Frenemies, The Soft Pink Truth, Megan Abbott on Peter Weir, Ariel Schrag’s Playlist, and More
Norman Brannon on Drew Daniel’s The Soft Pink Truth, great literary frenemies, new writing from Dolan Morgan, an Ariel Schrag playlist, and more.
Weekend Bites: Rivka Galchen, Debut Novelists, Ariel Schrag’s Latest, Julianna Barwick’s Brewery Collaboration, and More
An interview with Rivka Galchen, and a review of her latest; thoughts on Julianna Barwick’s new EP and Ariel Schrag’s new novel; talking with debut novelists, a profile of Sean Michaels, and more.