There are books that get so close to being sublime that plot becomes almost irrelevant. Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Taiga Sydrome has a plot, but it’s exploration of memory, the way it uses language to communicate the ethereal, and the dreamy atmosphere punctuated by scenes of longing, investigation of a mystery, and brutality eventually overpower everything else and push the narrative into a realm where plot isn’t always the most crucial element.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the fiction of Cristina Rivera Garza, Jeff Jackson-inspired posters, an interview with Gabino Iglesias, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a new book by Sierra Nelson, interviews with Joseph Fink and Michael J. Seidlinger, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Ling Ma and Cristina Rivera Garza, an interview with Kat Gardiner, and more.
In our morning reading: reviews of books by Norah Lange and Nicholas Rombes, an interview with Lacy M. Johnson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Sarah McCarry on Cristina Rivera Garcia’s newly-translated novel, Alan Sparhawk on football, and much more.
It’s October. Halloween lurks at the end of the month; various awards shortlists are appearing on the scene; and the colder weather makes it ideal to curl up indoors–whether at home, a coffee shop, or a bar–with a good book. Thankfully, this month brings with it plenty of notable literary works, from experimental fiction to eagerly-anticipated essay collections. Here’s a look at some of the books due out this month that have our attention.
In our morning reading: interviews with Charles Burns and Cristina Rivera Garza, Sofia Samatar on the literary year, and more.