It was via Teju Cole’s introduction to the novel Double Negative that I first encountered the work of the South African writer Ivan Vladislavić. That novel looked at the political and cultural evolution of South African through the eyes of one character, a photographer, over the course of several decades. Now, an earlier novel of Vladislavić’s is seeing release in the U.S. for the first time. The Restless Supermarket focuses on Aubrey Tearle, an aging proofreader who finds himself alarmed by the social changes […]
Afternoon Bites: Jen Doll Interviewed, Eileen Myles Poetry, Silkworm Reissued, Valeria Luiselli, and More
Poems from Eileen Myles, talking weddings with Jen Doll, notes on the Silkworm reissue, thoughts on Ivan Vladislavić and literary curmudgeons, and more.
This morning: a playlist from Ivan Vladislavic, a taxonomy of literary snobs, when smart fiction prompts political debates, Lee Hazelwood, and more.