April is upon us, and with it the prospect of something akin to spring and a host of memorable new books. A lot of poetry has caught our eye this month, as well as some long-awaited works of nonfiction. Not to be outdone, we’re also intrigued by some works of fiction that transform old stories into something new. Read on for a selection of what has our attention.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Natasha Trethewey’s memoir, an interview with Chloe Caldwell, and more.
In our morning reading: new fiction from Kristen Arnett, the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing by Patty Yumi Cottrell, an interview with Frances Badalamenti, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Chloe Caldwell, interviews with Kim Gordon and Tessa Hadley, and more.
It was cold the morning after it was announced David Bowie had died. Not surprising since I live in New York City and it happened in January. Yet I found myself standing outside my apartment around six in the morning, gym clothes on, not really dressed to be idling around. I put on The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, which I’ve listened to countless times since I was about 13, and simply referred to […]
In our weekend reading: thoughts on books by Kenward Elmslie and Chloe Caldwell, notable avant-garde albums from 2016, and more.
On the first page of her new essay collection, I’ll Tell You in Person, Chloe Caldwell writes about upgrading to a car and savings account, after spending much of her twenties in shitty apartments, making drunken mistakes, and writing about shitty apartments and drunken mistakes. This introduction, titled “In Real Life,” makes a later essay like “Soul Killer” easier to take. “The worse my skin got, the more stressed I felt and the more heroin I would buy. The […]