In our afternoon reading: adapting Haruki Murakami for the screen, a playlist from Eugen Bacon, and more.
It’s ace to see Mage of Fools getting good love in some rave reviews, so I guess it’s no biggie to stretch a bit and give back to the community.
What I’d love to do for youse is fire up a barbie, throw a rack of lamb, sweet potatoes, veggie burgers on it, even pass around cold ones in a tinnie or a bottle, platters of smashed avo on toast as aperitifs.
But the pandemic is a bummer, covid cancels plans and we get all suspicious real quick about tucker and booze from bloody strangers, especially ones from Woop Woop.
Afternoon Bites: Eugen Bacon Interviewed, Henry Hoke’s Recommendations, Catherine Baab-Muguira on Poe, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Eugen Bacon, book suggestions from Henry Hoke, and more.
Speculate, the new book from Eugen Bacon and Dominique Hecq, offers a fascinating and often gripping look at literary collaboration. The book is divided into two halves: in each, one author responds to the prose poetry of the other. How those responses work make for one of the book’s most thrilling elements; the other is the stylistic range involved, meaning that some of the prose poems read like dispatches from a more surreal locale and others feel compellingly candid. I spoke with Hecq about the book’s origins and the ways in which it came together.
Afternoon Bites: Madeleine Watts Interviewed, Nnedi Okorafor, José Luis Zárate Revisited, Eileen O’Leary, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Madeleine Watts, fiction by Caitlin Horrocks, and more.
It’s December, apparently. Are we reading? We’re still reading. What are we reading? Books. Which books? Maybe some of these. The end of the year traditionally brings a very intriguing assortment of titles, and this year is no exception. Looking for strange, genre-defying work? We’ve got that, sure. Seeking sharply-written nonfiction? We’ve got that covered as well. Here are some December books that have caught our eye.
Morning Bites: Lavie Tidhar, “Black Futures” Reviewed, Gary J. Shipley, Eugen Bacon’s Playlist, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Lavie Tidhar, Aminatta Forna and Maaza Mengiste in conversation, and more.
As an African Australian it’s unsurprising that being between worlds is a recurring theme in my stories.
Recently the Sydney Review of Books published my essay “Inhabitation—Genni and I”, where I embrace my once unsayable duality. The text unwraps or layers my journey that is a discovery, “an integral acceptance of the sum of self”.
This theme of hybridity is present in my novel Claiming T-Mo by Meerkat Press, a speculative novel that’s hard to classify in a single genre, with its elements of science fiction, fantasy and magical realism.