Lee Rourke’s new novel Glitch opens with its protagonist returning home to England to deal with a family crisis. En route, his flight encounters a bizarre mechanical failure, segueing into a harrowing sequence of in-flight chaos. That’s only the beginning of an emotionally wrenching period for the novel’s hero, as he wrangles with troubled relationships, the specter of mortality, and a world that no longer works the way it should. Also in there are lyrical forays into memory and a handful of transcendentally-written passages, coming together for an unforgettable read. I talked with Rourke about the novel’s origins and how it relates to his other works via email.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Lee Rourke and Ambai, an interview with Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and more.
In our afternoon reading: fiction from Amber Sparks, an interview with Lee Rourke, and more.
In our morning reading: Shelly Oria spoke with some of the contributors to her new anthology, remembrances of Jade Sharma, and more.
In our weekend reading: new writing by Ben Marcus and Lee Rourke, thoughts on the music of Mary Halvorson, and more.
In our morning reading: revisiting the writings of Ann Quin, new poetry by Leah Umansky, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a discussion of Ann Quin’s writings, interviews with Terese Marie Mailhot and Brittney Cooper, and more.
In our afternoon reading: a playlist from Zachary Dodson, new nonfiction from Wesley Morris, interviews with Claudia Rankine and Lee Rourke, and more.