In our afternoon reading: an interview with Tommy Pico, advice from Randa Jarrar, and much more.
Morning Bites: Kate Zambreno’s Latest, Raymond Pettibon, Viet Thanh Nguyen Fiction, John Darnielle Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: Amber Sparks on Kate Zambreno’s latest, an interview with John Darnielle, and much more.
This morning: Alexander Chee on The Goldfinch, news of Sean H. Doyle’s book, Emily Gould interviewed, a playlist from Caryn Rose, an excerpt from Jen Doll’s upcoming Save the Date, and more.
This may well be one of the more anticlimactic columns I do this year, if only because the three books discussed — two of them, anyway — have been works that have been discussed a whole hell of a lot this year already. That said, I was also very impressed with all three of them — if my top-ten-of-2013 list had been something closer to a top twenty, all of these would have been on there. Also? All three are […]
When I was a teenager, I read the longest, most complex books I could find. I spent months trying to decode Finnegans Wake, slogging through In Search of Lost Time, finding Tristram Shandy hysterical, looking up all the references in Gravity’s Rainbow, and marking the margins of my copy of The Waves with so many notes that it became its own kind of illuminated text. In 1995, I remember going to the bookstore the second it opened on the day […]
Afternoon Bites: Orpheus in History, Jonathan Wilson on Soccer Lit, Donna Tartt, Cari Luna’s Playlist, and More
Kate Bernheimer talks Orpheus; Don Waters on the indie bookstores in his life; examining the critical reaction to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch; Jonathan Wilson’s favorite books on soccer; and more.