In our afternoon reading: reviews of works by Zadie Smith and John Cage, revisiting the life of Nicanor Parra, and more.
With every new book of his, I find myself struggling to come up with new ways of praising Jeremy Robert Johnson. I do it in part because repetitiveness strikes me as lazy, but also because every book of his is wildly different from the previous one. As I’ve mentioned before (see how hard it is to keep it fresh?), Johnson is like Brian Evenson or Stephen Graham Jones in the sense that you never know what you’re going to get […]
Morning Bites: Gabe Hudson, Jeremy Robert Johnson Interviewed, George Saunders, The Van Pelt Revisited, and More
In our morning reading: an excerpt from Gabe Hudson’s new novel, an interview with George Saunders, a visit to the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing by Lidia Yuknavitch and Precious Okoyomon, interviews with Sadie Dupuis and Jeremy Robert Johnson, and more.
As we careen headlong into the season of spring, the weather is growing warmer, the trees are growing greener, and new books are continuing to make their way into the world. April in particular abounds with essay and short story collections that have caught our eye, from debut works to collected editions that span the arc of a career. This isn’t to say that collections make up the entirety of the list you’re about to read; you’ll also find fiction […]
Morning Bites: Mary Gaitskill Interviewed, Archestratus Books, Writers Running, Jeremy Robert Johnson, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Mary Gaitskill and Jeremy Robert Johnson, a look at the works of John Irving, and more.
Readers seeking a particularly singular take on the end of the world would do well to seek out Jeremy Robert Johnson‘s new novel Skullcrack City. Featuring a plotline involving body modification, brain-devouring genetic experiments, sinister demonic gods, and an eye-exploding drug, Skullcrack City is a particularly manic entry in its field, irreverently finding new ways to riff on familiar concepts. I talked with Johnson about the creation of his new book, his fondness for apocalyptic literature, and more.
Morning Bites: PEN/Faulkner Finalists, Anna Lyndsey Interviewed, Jeremy Robert Johnson, Fictional Basketball Players, and More
In our Tuesday morning reading: news of the PEN/Faulkner finalists; interviews with Anna Lyndsey, Brandon Stosuy, and Jeremy Robert Johnson; Kevin Nguyen on Spacebomb Records; and more.