In our morning reading: an interview with Mick Harvey, news of a bookstore in the Bronx, thoughts on spiritualism in literature, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Lee Rourke Fiction, Molly Crabapple on Abu Dhabi, Great Baseball Essays, Elliott Smith Documentary, and More
Thoughts on a new Elliott Smith documentary, new writing from Lee Rourke and Molly Crabapple, an interview with Francesca Lia Block, and more.
#tobyreads: Geography Revisited — Brian Francis Slattery, Francesca Lia Block, and Nicola Griffith Rewrite Familiar Landscapes
Fiction has a particular ability to rework familiar places into new iterations of themselves. In some cases, this can be by presenting alternate or fantastical versions of a certain space; in others, it can come through pushing that space into the future (or pulling it back into history.) The three books discussed today reveal new sides to cities and towns we thought we knew — and make for good, sometimes moving reading.