In our afternoon reading: a new essay by Chiara Barzini, stories by Brandon Taylor and Lisa Locascio, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Chiara Barzini Interviewed, Lidia Yuknavitch, Joe Meno Fiction, Laura Jane Grace, and More
In our afternoon reading: Chiara Barzini and Annie DeWitt in conversation, new writing from Lidia Yuknavitch and Nathan Englander, and more.
On February 13th, five writers gathered at Brooklyn’s Franklin Park as part of the bar’s monthly reading series. This month, the lineup encompassed Will Snider, Chiara Barzini, Kate Zambreno, Martha Southgate, and Ben Marcus. Host Penina Roth introduced the theme as being loosely related to Valentine’s Day, albeit “twisted love stories.”
Review by Tobias Carroll Sister Stop Breathing by Chiara Barzini Calimari Press; 92 p. Chiara Barzini’s collection Sister Stop Breathing isn’t a lengthy collection, but its range of emotions and tones can be exhausting. Though these stories are, for the most part, brief, the shifts from realism to surrealism, from the American Southwest to urban Italy, can be dizzying. Like the collages that complement some of the stories, the full scope of the organization here can seem dense at first. […]