In our morning reading: Joan Didion’s literary influence, an interview with Nikesh Shukla, new writing from Brian Chippendale, and more.
The first time I ever saw Dan Friel play music was in Parts & Labor, the gloriously urgent noise-rock group of which he was a founding member. (“Fractured Skies,” from their 2007 album Mapmaker, sits very high on my list of great side one/track ones.) Since Parts & Labor’s final show in early 2012, Friel has released two solo LPs on Thrill Jockey, moved from north Brooklyn to Park Slope, and become a father. One can find the thematic influence […]
Afternoon Bites: Angela Flournoy Revisits Ralph Ellison, Victor LaValle, Wendy C. Ortiz, Brian Chippendale Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting a Ralph Ellison classic, talking with Victor LaValle, Wendy C. Ortiz on her recent reading, and more.
Puke Force, the new graphic novel from Brian Chippendale, is one of the most gloriously surreal comics you’re likely to read this year, with riffs on everything from low-rent superheroes to the bleaker side of social media to violent obsessions. Between this and the release late last year of Fantasy Empire, the latest album from his band Lightning Bolt, it’s been a good year for those who enjoy the often-riveting end products of Chippendale’s aesthetics. In advance of his appearance at […]