June’s here and it’s suddenly turned humid in our corner of the world. This isn’t all that surprising, but — for those who saver milder temperatures — it’s not exactly the best thing ever. And so, perhaps, it’s time to dub our June reads as ideal for reading in an air-conditioned room somewhere, or perhaps situated by a breezy outdoor spot. These books cover a lot of ground, from haunting memoirs to phantasmagorical fiction, as befits a time of constant change.
Revisiting a thirty-year-old Swans album; talking with Vanessa Veselka; writers exploring the idea of class in America; an interview with M. Geddes Gengras, and more.
Checking in with Washington, DC’s Priests, science fictional looks at reading, talking with the folks behind Obvious Child, a John Brandon playlist, and more.
The Novels of Hans Keilson discussed at the Book Review podcast. Letters from Vonnegut. Marmaduke, by Franz Kafka John Brandon interviewed at GQ. Overrated writers list is pretty much dead on. I like every essay at Dangerous Minds that discusses forgotten 60’s bands. Today, it’s Eddy Grant’s pre”Electric Avenue” band The Equals.
John Brandon’s Citrus County, reviewed in the New York Times by Daniel Handler An interview with Shane Jones. Dan Chaon on the Bat Segndo Show. Rick Moody’s Five Fingers of Death is a deserved book. Joshua Braf Goes to 770 Eastern Parkway. “I walk into lobbies of untold beauty. I ascend in elevators fit for the gods. Then I walk outside again and see the street defaced by the cruel storefronts of bank branches and mall chains, scornful of beauty.” […]
A copy of Citrus County has been getting passed around to Vol. 1 contributors for the last few weeks. We all like it, and wanted to hear more from John Brandon. We had our wish answered as The Rumpus did an interview with Mr. Brandon prior to their book club that will be discussing the book. Obviously a great read, but I’m having a hard time getting past the author’s picture; he looks like the guy who should be hunting […]