In our morning reading: an Italo Calvino lecture, small press comics revisited, and more.
Morning Bites: Emma Straub on Writing, Novels About Memory, Jhumpa Lahiri on Italo Calvino, and More
In our morning reading: talking books with Emma Straub, thoughts on Ocean Vuong’s latest, and more.
In the Summer of 2020, I was hospitalized for almost a month and reached out via text to a limited number of writer-friends to let them know what was going on with me. Of that small number, Josh Russell has stayed in touch with me daily, in a manner that has improved my health, deepened our friendship, and, I hope, aided each other during a period in which there have been many days where both of us wondered if there was any reason to write fiction, particularly the kind of fiction each of us have chosen to pursue.
During that time, we’ve seen too how both of us, survivors of the eighties, midwesterners who’ve lived most of our adult lives in the south, married to southerners, who’ve navigated through a number of different universities—nine have seen fit to employ the two of us—have more in common than not. And I will say it unhesitatingly: I have no other correspondent whom I look forward to hearing from more.
Afternoon Bites: Brandon Taylor’s Latest, Amit Chaudhuri Interviewed, Amber Sparks Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Brandon Taylor’s new collection, an interview with Torrey Peters, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Tommy Pico and Kevin Nguyen, Electric Literature talked with James Hannaham and Jennifer Egan, turning Calvino’s fiction into opera, and more.
Morning Bites: Italo Calvino, New Lightning Bolt Reviewed, Harper Lee, PEN Literary Awards Longlists, and More
In our morning reading: a guide to the books of Italo Calvino, thoughts on the new Lightning Bolt album, notes on Harper Lee, an excerpt from Gregory Howard’s forthcoming novel, and more.
If you’d like to hear an author of metafiction prompt a crowded room to erupt in laughter, you might want to listen to Italo Calvino reading from a selection of his works (including Invisible Cities) at the 92nd Street Y in 1983. His tone moves from the somber to the witty, and the audience responds in kind.
Wishing John Le Carré a happy birthday; getting operatic with Italo Calvino; Blake Butler on Harry Mathews; Roxane Gay on Michael Farris Smith; and more.