In our afternoon reading: thoughts on the music of Pharaoh Sanders, a playlist from Berit Ellingsen, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Lars Iyer and Samantha Irby, new writing by Lisa Wells, and more.
Morning Bites: Lars Iyer, Jon Hassell Revisited, Gabino Iglesias, Gerald Posner Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Lars Iyer and Gabino Iglesias, thoughts on the music of Jon Hassell, and more.
Like a lot of my favorite books, I bought Spurious by Lars Iyer partially due to the cover design – two plastic bags hovering provocatively on the edge of a parking lot (Melville House can really do a good book cover). But, like with all of my favorite books, what was inside the book changed my life. This book (and the rest of the Spurious Trilogy – Exodus and Dogma) oozed a sticky, refreshing style that completely shook me. I quickly became obsessed – with the culmination of the staccato chapters, with the overbearing third-person presence of the shit-talking W., with the unending push behind every idea that propels every image to its bleak, (il)logical extensions. I also loved this book for the unique central characters and their obsessions – two academics in philosophy who acknowledge that “the corpse of the university floats face down in the water”, who are also then “poking it with sticks,” and, of course, who talk unendingly about Kafka and Joy Division.
Snow’s on the ground, the winds are chilly, and the holiday season looms. December can be an unexpected month for new books. But there are a host of gems due out in the coming weeks, including a number of great works in translation, some boldly inscribed poetry, and new and unpredictable novels from some of our favorite writers. Here are some December books that caught our eye.
In our afternoon reading: musicians react to Ferguson, Chuck Wendig on social media and empathy, an interview with Anthony Hegarty, Emily St. John Mandel on the new Lars Iyer novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Flying Lotus Interviewed, New Teju Cole Writing, Sean H. Doyle, Claudia Rankine’s Latest, and More
Checking in with Flying Lotus, Lars Iyer, and Justin K. Broadrick; thoughts on new books from Kerry Howley, Claudia Rankine, and Jim Ruland; an excerpt from Sean H. Doyle’s forthcoming book, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Zadie Smith on Manhattan, Dan Harmon, Lars Iyer’s Playlist, Eimear McBride, “Small Town” Debuts, and More
New writing from Zadie Smith, Eimear McBride on Agota Kristof, Jordan Ginsberg on Dan Harmon, thoughts on EMA’s zine, a playlist from Lars Iyer, and more.