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.
We’re pleased to present an excerpt from Leah Angstman’s forthcoming collection Shoot the Horses First, due out in February 2023 on Kerpunkt Press. Angstman’s forthcoming collection finds unexpected juxtapositions within history and seeks unlikely ways to address historical injustices. This selection is taken from the story “Yellow Flowers.”
In our morning reading: an interview with Kevin Barry, thoughts on Leah Angstman’s new novel, and more.
In our weekend reading: thoughts on a new book about Leonard Cohen, Gabino Iglesias previews 2022, and more.
New year? New books. January marks a strong beginning to what looks like another excellent literary year. You’ve got thought-provoking nonfiction, transportive fiction, and candid and enduring memoir all on the table. If you’re staying close to home due to cold weather or, er, other reasons this month, you’ve got plenty of new reading material to choose from.
Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Leah Angstman’s novel Out Front the Following Sea, due out in January on Regal House Publishing. Set in 1689, it follows a woman accused of witchcraft who flees her home in search of safety, and instead ventures into a much larger conflict. Regarding the novel, Steph Post said, “Leah Angstman creates an immersive world for readers to get lost in and a fascinating story to propel them through it.”
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Hala Alyan’s new novel, writing by Eileen Myles, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Noah Cicero, thoughts on Jess Row’s new book, and more.