The biggest music fans of Gen-X were also some of the biggest fuck-ups: the struggling, the wounded, the ones who couldn’t get their acts together. Those without the words to express turmoil leaned on the sentiments of others, passing mixtapes like currency to patch and convey, to cover and compensate. It’s no surprise, then, that two bisecting tributaries – music and trouble– cut through the heart of Constance Squires’ new short story collection Hit Your Brights, pouring into the same emotional pool.
In our morning reading: new writing from Nicole Chung, revisiting an album from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Constance Squires and S.P. Miskowski, notable international literature, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Hanne Ørstavik and Touré, Constance Squires and Kurt Baumeister in conversation, and more.
In our morning reading: Jennifer Baker on great short story collections, new fiction by Samanta Schweblin and Troy James Weaver, and more.
Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Constance Squires’s novel Live from Medicine Park. It’s the follow-up to 2012’s Along the Watchtower, and focuses on a documentary filmmaker’s unexpected encounter with a rock musician making a comeback after a long absence from the scene.