In our morning reading: thoughts on Sons of Kemet’s new novel, interviews with Elle Nash and Akwaeke Emezi, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Sadie Dupuis, new writing by John Domini, and more.
We’ll be off for the holiday tomorrow. Sunday Stories will resume next Sunday.
Morning Bites: Jenny Erpenbeck, Angela Chen Interviewed, Chris Campanioni, Omar Rodríguez-López’s Recommendations, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Jenny Erpenbeck’s new book, an interview with Angela Chen, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Alaya Dawn Johnson’s Latest, Raven Leilani, Michael Czyzniejewski Fiction, Blake Butler, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Alaya Dawn Johnson and Blake Butler, recent books in translation, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Jon Hassell, Laura van den Berg’s Latest, Catherine Lacey, Ben Katchor Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: a review of Jon Hassell’s new album, an interview with Ben Katchor, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Larry Kramer Remembered, Woods, Samanta Schweblin Interviewed, Marie-Helene Bertino, and More
In our afternoon reading: remembering the life and work of Larry Kramer, an interview with Samanta Schweblin, and more.
Weekend Bites: Bernardine Evaristo, Hanif Abdurraqib on Dashboard Confessional, Leesa Cross-Smith, Mimi Lok Interviewed, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on the fiction of Bernardine Evaristo, interviews with Mimi Lok and Leesa Cross-Smith, and more.
Lance Olsen and John Domini Talk About Cities as Fictions, Political Daymares, and Never Being at Home
Lance Olsen and John Domini have followed each other’s work for years, sharing an attraction to the edges of the fictional enterprise, to experiment and risk. Olsen has many works of fiction and non-fiction, and his awards include the Guggenheim. Domini too has published widely, in all genres, and won an NEA Fellowship. Both have spent extended time abroad, Olsen in Germany, Domini in Italy. Not till now, however, did they share new titles with similar core concern— namely, a European city going through a radical change. In Domini’s case, in his novel The Color Inside a Melon, this was contemporary Naples, over a single hectic week. Olsen’s latest, My Red Heaven, considers a June day in Berlin, in 1927.