In our morning reading: an interview with Lucie Britsch, taking books with Charles Yu, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mauro Javier Cárdenas Interviewed, Torrey Peters, Charles Yu Fiction, Iceage, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Mauro Javier Cárdenas, fiction by Charles Yu, and more.
Once upon a time, when postmodernism was young—before it became what-the-hell-is-postmodernism-really(?) and post-postmodernism—unique literary conceits were enough to draw oohs and ahs from critics. Think of John Barth with the nested narrative loops and literary equations of Lost in the Funhouse; Nabokov with the fiction inside poetry inside criticism of Pale Fire; or Coover with his cinematic A Night at the Movies. Great as those works were in their time, the audacious formal tricks that defined them have, to a great extent, already been tried. The novel as screenplay…or treatment…or cinema, for example, has been done and done and done. So much that when I came to Charles Yu’s latest, Interior Chinatown, I wondered whether there could possibly be enough of a point to what seems primarily a formal experiment. Could Yu, a writer I confess to liking, even admiring, possibly do enough to justify publishing a novel like this in 2020? Then I read it. And, in this instance, at least, reading is believing.
Afternoon Bites: Brandon Taylor, Jóhann Jóhannsson Remembered, Poets on Place, Charles Yu Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Brandon Taylor’s new novel, an interview with Charles Yu, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Charles Yu, a look at David Bowie’s literary taste, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Charles Yu, looking back at a great album from Slowdive, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Ilana Masad Fiction, Phillipa K. Chong, Charles Yu Interviewed, Mary Miller, and More
In our afternoon reading: new fiction by Ilana Masad, an interview with Charles Yu, and more.
Morning Bites: Charles Yu Interviewed, Robert Lopez, Republic of Consciousness Prize Longlist, Natanya Ann Pulley, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Charles Yu and Emma Copley Eisenberg, new writing from Robert Lopez, and more.