In our afternoon reading: Kazuo Ishiguro and horror, an interview with Jessica Hopper, and more.
Like Never Let Me Go, Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro’s eighth novel, is set in a near future that feels much like the present. While the earlier novel is almost unbearably sad, this one leaves the reader in a more positive frame of mind. This might seem surprising, seeing that Klara, the first-person narrator, is a humanoid “Artificial Friend” (AF), manufactured to be a companion for children who are confined to the home because schooling is done remotely. But Klara is an exceptional AF with remarkable empathy for the fourteen-year-old Josie who chooses her.
Morning Bites: Kazuo Ishiguro, Ana Galvañ on Comics, Alison Cotton, Melissa Broder Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, interviews with Melissa Broder and Alison Cotton, and more.
Morning Bites: Jesmyn Ward Interviewed, Bradford Morrow’s Playlist, Tabatha Southey, A Jeremy Shipp Excerpt, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Jesmyn Ward, new writing from Jeremy Shipp, and more.
In our morning reading: Kazuo Ishiguro wins the Nobel, thoughts on Carmen Maria Machado’s debut collection, and much more.
Weekend Bites: Carola Dibbell’s Playlist, Alejandro Jodorowsky, A Knausgård Excerpt, Evergreen Review Returns, and More
In our weekend reading: a playlist from Carola Dibbell, excerpts from books by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Karl Ove Knausgård, Evergreen Review returns, interviews with Kazuo Ishiguro and Akhil Sharma, and more.
Morning Bites: Revisiting “Hopscotch,” Jynne Dilling Martin, New Sarah Gerard Fiction, Whiting Award Winners, and More
In our morning reading: a series of Cortázar-inspired photographs, checking in with Jynne Dilling Martin, adapting Ishiguro’s latest for film, new fiction from Sarah Gerard and Hannah Sloane, and more.
Morning Bites: Neil Gaiman on Kazuo Ishiguro, Meredith Graves’s Label, Robert Christgau’s Memoir, Nelson George, and More
In our Thursday morning reading: thoughts on Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, interviews with Robert Christgau and Nelson George, Meredith Graves discusses her new label, imagining a world without grunge, and more.