In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Joanna Walsh’s new book, recommendations from Jason Diamond, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Mariana Enríquez’s Fiction, Zein El-Amine on Writing, Kate Zambreno’s Nonfiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Mariana Enríquez and Kate Zambreno, an interview with Zein El-Amine, and more.
Welcome to the heart of autumn. This November, if you’re looking for a new book to read you’ll be able to choose from a stylistically vast array of literary works. Hoping for an engaging psychological thriller or a great writer’s unorthodox exploration of a great musician? This month, both have gotten our attention — along with incisive literary commentary, a novel told entirely in verse, and a high-profile zine anthology.
In our morning reading: an interview with Elaine Hsieh Chou, new music from Ted Leo, and more.
How does language speak truth to power? More specifically, how can language be used to rebel against power? The protagonists of Katherine Dunn’s three novels — 1969’s Attic, 1971’s Truck, and 1989’s Geek Love — are all positioned on the outskirts of society, sometimes by choice and sometimes not. (Dunn also wrote extensively about boxing: her 2009 book One Ring Circus collected her nonfiction about the sport, and her unfinished novel The Cut Man bears a title that alludes to the sport.) At the time of her death in 2016, Geek Love had been a cult classic for decades. In a lengthy article exploring its influence for Wired, Caitlin Roper called it “a dazzling oddball masterpiece.” She’s not wrong. It’s a novel that was nominated for both the National Book Award and the Bram Stoker Award, and that juxtaposition speaks volumes about Dunn’s aesthetic even if you haven’t read a word she’s written.
What literary delights does March bring? A number of books we’ve been awaiting eagerly for years, for one thing, including new works by Mitchell S. Jackson and Seth Fried. A host of ambitious literary debuts as well — and a number of collections of short fiction that push at the limits of storytelling. Here’s a look at some of the March books we’re looking forward to the most.
Morning Bites: Brian Evenson Interviewed, Alexander Chee Nonfiction, Katherine Dunn, Antonio Tabucchi’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Brian Evenson and Jez Burrows, nonfiction by Alexander Chee, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an excerpt from Juliet Escoria’s new book, new nonfiction from Molly Crabapple and Dave Tompkins, and much more.