In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Meng Jin and Jeet Thayil, a film adaptation of a Brian Evenson story, and more.
Morning Bites: Richard Chiem Fiction, Gary Lutz Interviewed, Brian Evenson, Chinese Speculative Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: new fiction by Richard Chiem, interviews with Gary Lutz and Scott Snyder, and more.
Brian Evenson isn’t an author that fans of Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, or Chuck Palahniuk typically know, but he certainly should be, as his work is every bit as apocalyptic, surprising, and haunting. For years, Evenson’s readers have been slipping copies of his books into the hands of friends, students, and family members. When travelling, I often keep a copy of Contagion (which Evenson graciously allowed my small press, Astrophil Press, to reprint) and drop it into neighborhood lending libraries, and I must admit that I find a little thrill in knowing that I’ve done my small part in introducing people to this pitch perfect collection of stories. I am not alone in this; many of Evenson’s readers border on evangelicals, spreading the dark word of Evenson. This enthusiasm for Evenson’s work is understandable considering his ability to publish tightly wrought, layered stories that often stick with us long after having read them. There are very few authors I can think of who have a catalog as strong as Evenson; his stories feel entirely new and each of his sentences feel entirely necessary.
Afternoon Bites: Toni Morrison Remembered, Brian Evenson’s Latest, Sarah Weinman Nonfiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: looking back at the life and legacy of Toni Morrison, reviews of books by Brian Evenson and Jess Row, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Nina MacLaughlin’s Latest, Brian Evenson on Howard A. Rodman, Revisiting The B-52s, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Nina MacLaughlin and Howard A. Rodman, previewing the most exciting books of the second half of 2019, and more.
Morning Bites: Brian Evenson, Karen Stefano Interviewed, Anthony Bourdain Food Trail, Demi Adejuyigbe, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Brian Evenson and Karen Stefano, thoughts on Black Midi’s new album, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Juliet Escoria’s Latest, Inside “The After-Normal,” Matt Zoller Seitz’s “Deadwood” Book, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Juliet Escoria’s new novel, interviews with Brian Evenson and Lauren Beukes, and more.
Morning Bites: Clarice Lispector, Nicholas Mancusi Interviewed, Joy Harjo, Brian Evenson’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: exploring the writings of Clarice Lispector, an interview with Nicholas Mancusi, and more.