In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Alexis M. Smith, new nonfiction from Laina Dawes and Rosie Schaap, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Leslie Jamison Interviewed, Claudia Rankine, Penelope Fitzgerald’s Works, Lance Olsen on FC2, and More
An abundance of Leslie Jamison interviews, Lydia Millet and Jenny Offill in conversation, a report from a Seattle small press festival, talking with Claudia Rankine, and more.
Morning Bites: Jenny Offill Interviewed, Matt Bell Fiction, Talking With Karl Ove Knausgård, Meline Toumani, and More
In our Thursday morning reading: interviews with Jenny Offill, Meline Toumani, and Karl Ove Knausgård; David Byrne on duets; with the dead; notes on some Modest Mouse reissues; fiction from Matt Bell; and more.
Afternoon Bites: The Mitford Sisters, Jenny Offill, Sean H. Doyle Interviewed, Drew Daniel vs. Album Lists, and More
Thoughts on the Mitford sisters, Drew Daniel against favorite-album lists, interviews with Cameron Esposito, Hamish Kilgour, and Sean H. Doyle, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Andre the Giant Comics, Corin Tucker’s New Band, Teju Cole, Maud Newton on Genealogy, and More
Andre the Giant gets a biography in comics form, a discussion of Teju Cole’s Twitter fiction, Corin Tucker has a new band, notes on silence in literature, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jenny Offill Interviewed, Kim Gordon’s Book, Notes on “Broad City,” Post-Punk Lit, and More
This afternoon: a look at a new collection of Kim Gordon’s writing, an interview with Jenny Offill, the collision of post-punk and classic literature, thoughts on Broad City, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Manuel Gonzales’s Writing Routines, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Best Show’s Last Days, Indie Press Preview, and More
This afternoon: the most anticipated indie press titles of 2014, Manuel Gonzalez on his writing routine, Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude team up, Kate Zambreno on Dept. of Speculation, and more.
Getting laughs and pathos from the same work of fiction is a hard thing to do. Adam Wilson’s previous book, Flatscreen, did so regularly, with wry observations juxtaposed with a real sense of loss. As good as that book was, his new collection What’s Important is Feeling, is even better — bleak scenarios and economic anxiety coexist with awkward sex, failed relationships, and barely sublimated loathing. Wilson is excellent at finding the pathos of characters one wouldn’t normally find empathy for: […]