In our morning reading: an interview with Jordan A. Rothacker, thoughts on Patricia Lockwood’s new novel, and more.
Our November book preview includes California travelogues, a thriller that hearkens back to the 1990s, folk horror, and a reconsideration of “Dawson’s Creek.”
Morning Bites: Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Julián Herbert’s Latest, Roxane Gay, Kristopher Jansma Fiction, and More
In our morning reading: talking music with Beverly Glenn-Copeland, new writing from Kristopher Jansma, and mre.
Weekend Bites: Ashleigh Bryant Phillips Interviewed, Jen Fawkes, Anja Kampmann on Climate Change, Carlos Busqued, and More
In our weekend reading: an interview with Ashleigh Bryant Phillip, thoughts on the work of Carlos Busqued, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Stanisław Lem, Garth Greenwell on “Sabbath’s Theater,” Jordan A. Rothacker, Quarantine Reading, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the books of Stanisław Lem, Michael J. Seidlinger on quarantine reading.
What happens with the quotidian and the uncanny collide? There was a point in my early 20s, when I’d started writing fiction but was still highly impressionable, when I began considering what it might be like if one combined a Raymond Carver-esque realism with Lovecraftian forays into cosmic horror. Behold, suburban repression with eldritch horrors glimpsed in the background, never quite making their way forward to devour souls and drive people to madness.
The guiding principle of Six Ridiculous Questions is that life is filled with ridiculousness. And questions. That only by giving in to these truths may we hope to slip the surly bonds of reality and attain the higher consciousness we all crave. (Eh, not really, but it sounded good there for a minute.) It’s just. Who knows? The ridiculousness and question bits, I guess. Why six? Assonance, baby, assonance.
Afternoon Bites: Madhuri Vijay, Man Booker International Prize, Jordan A. Rothacker’s Playlist, Cecil Taylor, Matmos at 25, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Madhuri Vijay, a playlist from Jordan A. Rothacker, an interview with Matmos, and more.