In our morning reading: thoughts on translation, a review of Gina Nutt’s new book, and more.
There’s something slippery about the contemporary literary essay, which sometimes seems designed to allow its real subject—perhaps a personal experience or a critical intervention—to evade capture by the reader for as long as possible. The essayist will often present an accrual of observations or vignettes structured to reveal meaning in fits and starts, as if to state a thesis outright would be to strip it of its fragile ephemerality. But this delicate art of obfuscation becomes a natural mode of narration in Gina Nutt’s Night Rooms, an exquisite collection of linked essays that centers the idea of escape as a presiding principle, not just in form—as these essays break from conventional expectations in provocative ways—but also in content. In these pages, the grounding conventions of the horror film serve as handholds as the essays circle around themes of the body and grief and survival. All the while, something sinister lurks in the white space between the paragraphs, an unnamed threat that is felt rather than seen.
Afternoon Bites: Rebecca Watson’s Fiction, Ed Brubaker, Gina Nutt Interviewed, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Rebecca Watson’s new book, interviews with Forsyth Harmon and Ed Brubaker, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Gina Nutt’s Essays, Lincoln Michel on Copyright, Douglas A. Martin’s Latest, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Gina Nutt and Juan Villoro, Lincoln Michel on copyright, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Gina Nutt and Te-Ping Chen, a discussion of novels and intimacy, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Michael Cisco, an award for Sarah Pinsker, and more.