In our afternoon reading: revisiting the music of Bikini Kill, Jeff Jackson and Martin Riker in conversation, and more.
Bart Schaneman on Writing About the American West
The Silence is the Noise, a new short novel by Nebraska-born author Bart Schaneman, is a story of the West. But it’s not a Western, per se, or a gothic fantasy like the work Cormac McCarthy’s been knighted over. This is a novel of the West as it is now—the dying small towns, diminishing natural resources, corporate eco onslaught. The book, which came out August 30th on Trident Press, reads like America feels right now—divided, troubled, at a crossroads between […]
Sunday Stories: “Chyaru”
Chyaru by Bart Schaneman Chyaru was flying in from Osaka and she wanted me to pick her up, so I went down to the bus stop in front of the Hyundai Department store and caught a blue bus going west. I rode for 15 minutes, stopping every three or four blocks, before the driver looked back and asked me where I was trying to go. “The airport,” I said. “No, no,” he said. “Go no.” He stopped and told me […]