In our morning reading: an excerpt from David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s new novel, an interview with Brian Evenson, and more.
Writing an entertaining novel is no easy task. Writing a novel that contains enough pulp to be entertaining but also has rhyzomatic tendrils that reach deep into the realm of cultural significance, history, and justice is even harder. David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s Winter Counts does exactly that. At once a violent, touching story about the effects of the opioid pandemic in a Native American reservation and a celebration of the strength and resilience of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, Winter Counts is book that demands to be read not just because it’s engaging, but because it matters.
Morning Bites: Special Interest, Hari Kunzru’s Latest, Daisy Johnson, David Heska Wanbli Weiden’s Playlist, and More
In our morning reading: a review of Special Interest’s new album, an interview with R. Sikoryak, and more.
Weekend Bites: David Heska Wanbli Weiden, Jessica Gross Interviewed, Rebecca Watson, Dennis Cooper Revisited, and More
In our weekend reading: talking crime fiction with David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an interview with Jessica Gross, and more.
Apparently it’s August now. Apparently summer has turned the corner and is beginning its slow approach into autumn. Nominally these things are happening, but the passage of time has gotten a bit strange lately. Still, there are plenty of books, and that’s an excellent thing. Do you like powerful, resonant nonfiction? August has that covered. What about surreal, high-concept fiction? Also around. Here are a few of the books we’re most excited about that are due out this month.