“I can observe my own body cut open, without suffering!… I see myself all the way down to my entrails; a new mirror stage… I can see to the heart of my lover; his splendid design has nothing to do with sickly sentimentalities… Darling, I love your spleen; I love your liver; I adore your pancreas, and the line of your femur excites me.”
–(from Orlan’s Carnal Art manifesto)
Fresh off the heels of selling his own kidney stones in a 24-hour auction, David Cronenberg teased fans with a tantalising soundbite regarding his upcoming film, Crimes of the Future:
“I cannot say much, obviously, but if people thought Crash was divisive back in 1996, this is going to create way more chaos and controversy for sure.”
How, exactly, is it June already? The passage of time is mysterious sometimes, but this year it’s especially so. And the June books we’re most excited about around these parts represent an intriguing cross-section of literary genres and styles. From speculative works to insightful nonfiction; from an influential road novel to a surreal and satirical work — these books cover a lot of territory. Maybe you’ll find your next favorite book on this list.
In our morning reading: a conversation with Dennis Cooper, Alma Katsu and Jackson Bliss on writing, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Jean Rhys’s books, Zadie Smith on Joan Didion, and more.
We’ll be taking the weekend off, with normal posting resuming on Monday.
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Rax King’s essay collection, a review of Louise Erdrich’s new novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Lauren Groff and Jo Hamya, video games and horror, and more.
In our afternoon reading, interviews with Zakiya Dailia Harris and A.E. Osworth, thoughts on the fiction of S.P. Miskowski, and more.
In our morning reading: exploring Alison Bechdel’s new book, writing by Elle Nash, and more.