In our afternoon reading: Meredith Graves talks with Jessica Hopper, notes on Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel, revisiting a modern classic from Fugazi, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Tributes to Grass & Galeano, “Gatsby” and Book Dealers, Amber Tamblyn Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: remembering Günter Grass and Eduardo Galeano, new writing from Jana Hunter and Jillian Mapes, an interview with Amber Tamblyn, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Songs of the Summer, Eduardo Galeano, Jim Ruland Interviewed, Floating Libraries, and More
New writing from Eduardo Galeano, Maura Johnston on songs of the summer, Karolina Waclawiak on Yelena Akhtiorskaya, floating libraries, and more.
Jonathan Wilson’s “Kick and Run” and the Golden Age of Soccer Writing
Jonathan Wilson’s Kick and Run is subtitled “Memoir With Soccer Ball,” which serves as a deeply accurate description of what one will find inside. Wilson’s life has taken him from his native London to Israel to the United States, where he currently resides. The book covers his family’s history, his own fondness for American literature, and the ways in which he has felt like an outsider, encompassing questions of culture, nationality, geography and aesthetics.. The through line here is Wilson’s passion […]
Afternoon Bites: Eduardo Galeano on Soccer, Elizabeth Ellen on “Hill William,” Carl Wilson & Jonathan Lethem, Tim Hecker, and More
Talking soccer with Eduardo Galeano; Carl Wilson interviewed Jonathan Lethem; Elizabeth Ellen reviewed Scott McClanahan’s latest book; Tim Hecker gets profiled; and more.
#tobyreads: Getting Inside Heads; Talking Literary Theories and the Beautiful Game
It seems paradoxical to write about Witold Gombrowicz’s Diary here. At well over seven hundred pages, spanning multiple decades and the writing of several major literary works of the 20th century, and encompassing correspondence, provocation, essays on aesthetics, and thoughts on Polish literature and the role of the expatriate artist, there’d still be uncovered space if we dedicated a week of Vol.1 to musings on it. Still: having sat down with it, I feel compelled to recommend it; Gombrowicz was a […]