In our morning reading: fiction from Clarice Lispector, Sarah Gerard on Jesse Ball’s new novel, a look at the new album from Titus Andronicus, comics and diversity, and more.
The fiction written by Jesse Ball rarely lets the reader keep their bearings. Narratives disappear into narratives; storytelling styles overtake one another while never losing a particularly sense of atmosphere. Ball’s latest, Silence Once Begun, follows a writer (also named Jesse Ball) investigating a series of disappearances in Japan, and delves into questions of guilt, ambiguity, and perception. I caught up with Ball with a few questions about his past work and his forthcoming novel.
For your weekend reading: interviews with David Grubbs and Fiona Maazel, an excerpt from Teju Cole’s latest, new essays from Maud Newton and Cari Luna, and more.
Morning Bites: NBCC Winners, Lydia Davis’s New Collection, Scott McClanahan Audio, Ex Hex Interviewed, and More
The National Book Critics Circle Awards have been announced, new audio from Scott McClanahan, talking with Mary Timony, Justin Taylor on Lydia Davis’s new collection, and more.
Afternoon Bites: The Atlas Review Interviewed, Donald Antrim, Christgau’s Best of 2013, Slaughterhouse 90210 Book, and More
This afternoon: Jesse Ball makes a playlist, Robert Christgau discusses 2013 in music, catching up with Donald Antrim, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Ballard and Burroughs, Dead Moon Reissues, Sam Pink’s New Novel, Jesse Ball, and More
Talking Dead Moon reissues, a look at Ballard and Burroughs, a review of Jesse Ball’s new novel, an excerpt of Sam Pink’s next novel, and more.