The Blondes, Emily Schultz‘s new novel, is a lot of things. The basic plotline, in which something causes blonde women to turn suddenly and horrifically violent, carries with it plenty of horror. But there’s also a self-aware element: protagonist Hazel is an academic whose field of study lends her a unique perspective on the crisis. Add some political commentary and some knowing social satire, and the end result is a book that works on a number of levels. I talked […]
In our afternoon reading: a new short story from Emily Schultz; Michele Filgate on AWP; new nonfiction from Amelia Gray, Lauren Quinn, and Meredith Graves; and more.
April brings with a host of noteworthy books in a variety of styles. There’s nonfiction from some of the best prose stylists out there, a memoir from a composer who helped refine a now-ubiquitous style, philosophical novels, collections of jarring fiction–there’s plenty for avid readers to delight in this month. What follows are some of our most-anticipated books for this month.
Weekend Bites: New Mountain Goats, Emily Schultz Interviewed, Kieron Gillen on Terry Pratchett, Global Irish Pubs, and More
In our weekend reading: talking wrestling with The Mountain Goats, Kieron Gillen’s affecting tribute to Terry Pratchett, an interview with Emily Schultz, new writing from Benjamin Percy, and more.
Due out in the US next spring, and already released in Canada to more than a little acclaim, Emily Schultz’s The Blondes blends satire and horror. It tells the story of a plague that turns blonde women homicidal; the trailer evokes the setting starkly, with tension slowly building. You can watch said trailer here, or watch it below.
Afternoon Bites: Books Called “Joyland,” Jennifer Gilmore Interviewed, The “Happy Baby” Playlist, Alt-Rock Drummers, and More
In this afternoon’s reading: Emily Schultz on the appeal of calling your novel Joyland, Stephen Elliott shares his Happy Baby playlist, Jennifer Gilmore talks with NPR, a number of writers talk about alt-rock’s best drummers, and much more.
“Endless Boogie gets one over on other longform rock outfits like Wooden Shjips because they don’t make it look easy. Some of these other jammy/think-they’re-rockin’ outfits are content to just ride a groove until they think no one’s listening anymore. Endless Boogie goes a lot deeper.” Doug Mosurock on Endless Boogie’s Long Island. Joyland’s podcast, Truth & Fiction, features Emily Schultz in conversation with Emily St. John Mandel. A while back, we wrote about Survival Knife, featuring a few former […]
“You may not want to be writing like the books you read when you were young, but I’m trying to replicate the reading experience. I’m not mimicking the style or the genre, just the reading sauce and the experience sauce and how you spread it all over.” The Outlet reports on Heidi Julavits’s recent appearance at The Center for Fiction. The EMP Pop Conference kicks off this evening at NYU, incorporating everything from a discussion of metal in Jakarta to […]