Aesthetics, Horror, and Hair: Talking “The Blondes” With Emily Schultz

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 […]

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Vol.1 Brooklyn’s April 2015 Books Preview

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.

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Afternoon Bites: Thurston Moore’s New Band, Pie Chart “2666,” Endless Boogie, and 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 […]

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Afternoon Bites: Emily Schultz’s Blonde Fury, Julia Wertz’s Letters, GZA’s Lecture, And More

“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 […]

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