In our morning reading: Zadie Smith on the writings of Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, an interview with Marilynne Robinson, new nonfiction from Navneet Alang, and more.
Morning Bites: Mira Gonzalez Interviewed, Blake Butler’s Latest, Meg Wolitzer, Sun Ra Reissues, and More
A look at Blake Butler’s new novel, interviews with Meg Wolitzer and Mira Gonzalez, adapting an Edith Wharton novel for television, notes on a Sun Ra reissue, and more.
Slate has a fine piece up from Kate Bolick, who’ll be hosting an interview series this summer at The Mount, Wharton’s home. And in the spirit of Wharton’s book on home decoration, Bolick has collected advice from Wharton on hospitality–essentially, a look at how to throw a suitably Wharton-esque event.
Afternoon Bites: Hilton Als, Edith Wharton on Home Decor, Kevin Sampsell, Rick Moody on The Necks, and More
This afternoon: Hilton Als is interviewed at Bookforum, Rick Moody has good things to say about the blissed-out jazz of The Necks, catching up with Kevin Sampsell, what Edith Wharton would say about modern home decor, and more.
Really fascinating piece at Gothamist about New York’s ” 145 Year Old Secret Dinner Society,” The Zodiac Club. The whole thing is a fascinating read, but we especially loved the Edith Wharton bit:
“Part of the slowness of this book was my reaction to technology. Things have sped up, in a way, with all our connectedness. Now if you want to reach a friend or relative, you can in 20 seconds. When you correspond by letter, you only have the other person’s letters, unless you’re crazy and keep copies of your own. So you always need the other person, their memory, to complete it.” Royal Young talked with Ben Greenman about his new […]
Not only do we get an essay on Edith Wharton written by Colm Tóibín in the newest issue of Vogue, but we get an entire Wharton-inspired photo spread shot by Annie Leibovitz at The Mount. Including the above photo that recreates a picnic between Henry James, Morton Fullerton and Wharton.
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