February is upon us, bringing with a host of intriguing books, from expansive historical epics to disquieting novels of suspense and horror to biographies of literary and political heroes. For whatever reason, many of the books that have caught our eye for February are due out on the 9th of the month. Perhaps it’s a pre-Valentine’s Day maneuver, because nothing says romance like narratives that bend space and time or those that run paranoia and existential dread to unsettling extremes. […]
Afternoon Bites: John Wray on Nick Cave, Kate Zambreno Interviewed, New China Mieville, Essential Sun Ra, and More
For your holiday weekend reading: John Wray profiled Nick Cave for the Times, a new web issue of Gigantic is now out, new fiction from China Miéville, an interview with Kate Zambreno, writing from Chelsea Hodson and Alexandra Molotkow, and more. We’ll return on Monday.
Celebrate the Paperback Edition of Matt Dojny’s “The Festival of Earthly Delights” with Readings and Karaoke
We’re tremendous admirers of Matt Dojny‘s work, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be presenting the paperback release of his novel The Festival of Earthly Delights later this month. In a review of the novel at The Rumpus, Elizabeth Word Gutting noted that “there’s also no comparison to reading a novel that it’s clear a writer had a ton of fun writing.” Joining Dojny with readings will be Kathleen Alcott, Halimah Marcus, Jason Porter, and John Wray. Vol.1 Brooklyn’s Jason […]
John Wray on pen names, the best film adaptations of Dostoevsky’s work, thoughts on the new Ellen Willis collection, talking with Rebecca Solnit, and more.
In the span of three novels, John Wray has covered an impressive range of historical, stylistic, and emotional ground. He’s equally at home tracking the parallel paths of an unstable teen and the dogged police officer tracking him across contemporary New York (Lowboy) as he is describing an man’s horror, upon returning to his Austrian hometown in the 1930s, to discover widespread acceptance of fascism among old acquaintances (The Right Hand of Sleep). I first met Wray when we read […]
Would you like a recap of Jarvis Cocker’s best stage banter from Radio City Music Hall? Well then, here you are. …that’s “Guggenheim Fellow John Wray” to you. (Also, congratulations to Lydia Millet, Gayle Wald, and Donald Ray Pollock, among many others.) More details have emerged on Wastelanders, the upcoming collaboration between Joss Whedon and Warren Ellis. Alan Sepinwall has some thoughts on Lena Dunham’s Girls. Looks like Colson Whitehead is a fan of The Fall. Hey, look! It’s an […]
First he interviews Zach Galifianakis, and now John Wray is getting up on stage with Ezra Koeing from Vampire Weekend? Seriously Wray, what’s next? Are you the newest member of The Rock Bottom Remainders?