In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Atticus Lish’s new novel, an interview with Colson Whitehead, and more.
One of the most challenging tasks for any writer is evoking the physicality of life using only words on a page. With his new book The Archeology of a Good Ragù: Discovering Naples, My Father and Myself, John Domini does exactly that. Simultaneously a concise history of Domini’s family, a portrait of contemporary Naples, and an exploration of the region’s food and art, the book seamlessly moves from one topic to the next, memorably evoking a holistic sense of the minutiae of life. Domini and I chatted via email about the long process of writing this book and how it connects to his other works.
Afternoon Bites: Akwaeke Emezi, Lana Bastašić’s Latest, Rax King, Elizabeth Gonzalez James Nonfiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Akwaeke Emezi’s new book, new writing by Rax King, and more.
In our weekend reading: an interview with Alex Ross, exploring James Baldwin’s record collection, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Paul Tremblay, Sheila Heti on Stories, James Baldwin, Corey Sobel’s Playlist, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting Paul Tremblay’s stories, thoughts on James Baldwin’s nonfiction, and more.
Morning Bites: James Baldwin’s Legacy, Protomartyr, “Tiny Nightmares” Reviewed, Sarah Gerard, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting James Baldwin’s legacy, book recommendations from Sarah Gerard, and more.
Morning Bites: James Baldwin, John Cage on Mushrooms, Lungfish, Luis Othoniel Rosa Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting the works of James Baldwin and John Cage, exploring Lungfish’s discography, and more.
Weekend Bites: Saeed Jones, Shirley Jackson on Screen, Jean Kyoung Frazier, Revisiting James Baldwin, and More
In our weekend reading: new writing by Saeed Jones, excerpts from books by Jean Kyoung Frazier and Joe Meno, and more.