In our afternoon reading: an interview with Danez Smith, new music from U.S. Girls, and more.
Bohumil Hrabal’s All My Cats is a bomb wrapped in gift paper. The cute kitties on the cover, the innocuous title, and the synopsis, which mentions the book is about the writer tending to “a community of cats,” all contribute to making the book seem harmless. It’s not. Instead, the narrative is a brutal chronicle of a man’s descent into madness because of his cats. Bloody, violent, and dealing with themes like fear, suicidal thoughts, and mental illness, All My Cats is a wild, explosive read that should contain a warning: many cats were harmed in the making of this book.
Morning Bites: Kiley Reid Interviewed, Bohumil Hrabal, Alina Stefanescu Poetry, Courtney Maum, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Kiley Reid, thoughts on a pair of music documentaries, and more.
Morning Bites: Annie DeWitt Interviewed, Other Music, The Scofield, Philip Glass on David Bowie, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Annie DeWitt, thoughts on a Bohumil Hrabal adaptation and the last days of Other Music, and more.
Morning Bites: Mira Ptacin Interviewed, Public Libraries, Revisiting Bohumil Hrabal, Ship Thieves, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Mira Ptacin, a look at the life and legacy of Blowfly, the fiction of Bohumil Hrabal, and more.
Notes on a newly-translated Bohumil Hrabal novel, thoughts on the latest from Swans, Roz Chast is interviewed about her memoir, an exhibit focusing on the history of Sarah Records, and more.