In our afternoon reading: interviews with Myriam Gurba and Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, new writing from Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.
Certain themes keep popping up in the fiction that impressed us most this year: the potential horrors of ambiguity, the nature of immigration, the threat of state violence, mysteries that can’t be solved, and the malleability of memory. That’s not too surprising, given the year we’ve had. Here’s a look at some of our favorite fiction from the year that was.
In our morning reading: interviews with Robin Sloan and dälek, a review of Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s new novel, and more.
What do you call a novel that is simultaneously a model of narrative restraint and an urgent exploration of one of the most pressing issues of the modern world? On the surface, that might seem like a paradox that would cause a narrative to collapse from within. In the more than capable hands of Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel (and translator Jethro Soutar), the novel The Gurugu Pledge manages to turn those contradictory impulses into the stuff of powerful fiction–both via […]
Afternoon Bites: Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Venita Blackburn Fiction, Mdou Moctar, John Ashbery on Art, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel’s new novel, an interview with Coup Sauvage and the Snips, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, Dystopian Fiction, Precious Okoyomon Interviewed, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and Precious Okoyomon, new writing from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and more.
The summer continues. Whether your preferred mode of summer reading involves being stretched out on a beach, huddled in front of an air conditioner, or resplendent on a park bench, August offers even more notable titles to add to your (literary) tote bag of choice. From smart writing on music to eagerly-anticipated debuts to fiction that offers a memorable perspective on pressing issues of the moment, there’s a lot of intriguing-looking books due out this month. Here’s a look at […]
Morning Bites: Hannibal Buress, Lightning Bolt Interviewed, Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel, New Speedy Ortiz, and More
In our morning reading: checking in with Hannibal Buress and Lightning Bolt, Richard Price on pseudonyms, new music from Speedy Ortiz, and more.