In our afternoon reading: revisiting Samuel R. Delany and Nick Cave, an interview with Kashana Cauley, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Elle Nash Fiction, Literary Jealousy, Colin Winnette on 2018, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Elle Nash and Elisa Gabbert, Colin Winnette on the books of 2018, and more.
Morning Bites: Heike Geissler Interviewed, Tommy Orange, William H. Gass Revisited, Evelyn McDonnell, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Heike Geissler and Colin Winnette, book recommendations from Tommy Orange, and more.
Reinventing the Gothic: A Review of Colin Winnette’s “The Job of the Wasp”
There is something bizarre and unsettling at the core of Colin Winnette’s oeuvre, and whatever magical thing that is, it displays its power like the tail of a peacock in his latest, The Job of the Wasp. Released by Soft Skull Press, an indie press that ranks amongst my favorites, The Job of the Wasp is what would happen if William Golding’s Lord of the Flies crashed against Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone at high speed in a room […]
Afternoon Bites: Kate Braverman Revisited, Deb Olin Unferth, Andrea Gibson’s Playlist, Willy Vlautin Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on short fiction by Kate Braverman and Deb Olin Unferth, a playlist by Andrea Gibson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Richard Lloyd’s Memoir, Peter Hujar Revisited, Colin Winnette, and More
In our afternoon reading: a report from a Richard Lloyd book event, notes on Peter Hujar’s photography, delving into Brooklyn’s history, and more.
Of Ambiguity and Evolution: Colin Winnette on Writing “The Job of the Wasp”
Some writers make use of ambiguity as a device in their work. In the case of Colin Winnette, it’s more like a weapon. In his recent novel Haints Stay, he one-upped the concept of the acid Western by presenting two killers whose relationship to one another shifts in unpredictable and revelatory ways. His latest novel, The Job of the Wasp, begins with a young man arriving at an isolated school for orphans, where he soon discovers conspiracies, unsettling histories, and […]
Morning Bites: Leslie Jamison Nonfiction, Colin Winnette, Vi Khi Nao Poetry, Bela Tarr, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Leslie Jamison and Vi Khi Nao, previewing Yo La Tengo’s new album, and more.