Human Blues, the complex fourth novel from Elisa Albert, tells the story of an indie rocker through nine menstrual cycles, as she tries to get pregnant. By her side, keeping her warm and spiritually alive through the labyrinth of doctors and unsolicited advice, is none other than the spirit of Amy Winehouse. This plot and structure alone made it a radical read. But Albert goes deeper. In the singular voice of Aviva Rosner, one worthy of Mickey Sabbath, Albert takes on the foundations of our society: the mythologies of motherhood, the industrial fertility complex, medical hubris, and the barren spiritual landscape. In a voice and style all her own: at once kind, wise, scathing but always funny, Albert has created a story that will challenge all you hold dear. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss everything from IVF, the Dobbs ruling, Taharat HaMishpacha, and trying out for Rent, among other juicy topics.
In our weekend reading: a playlist from James Greer, new writing by Emily Gould, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Gabriel Blackwell, thoughts on Elisa Albert’s new novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: Elisa Albert on “La Femme de Gilles,” an interview with Alexis M. Smith, thoughts on the year’s best science fiction, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new nonfiction from Elisa Albert and John Jeremiah Sullivan, an interview with Scott McClanahan, and much more.
In our weekend reading: Merritt Tierce on Elisa Albert, Mitchell S. Jackson on Gordon Lish, Jenn Pelly interviews Kin Gordon, thoughts on Mark Doten’s novel, and more.
This Monday morning, we’re reading about Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, Megan Stielstra’s thoughts on the Chicago mayoral race, a Halle Butler writing exercise, Paula Bomer’s interview with Elisa Albert, and more.
In this afternoon’s reading: a host of excellent writers discuss the work of Bhanu Kapil, new writing from Laura van den Berg and Wendy C. Ortiz, an interview with Elisa Albert, and more.