Vol.1 Brooklyn’s January 2018 Book Preview

Well, it’s the start of a new year. Ostensibly, it’s a time for resolutions, for carefully mapping out goals and milemarkers for the months to come. It’s also, as we write these words, brutally cold, and thus the perfect time to find somewhere warm and sit down with a good book. Thankfully, January has plenty of excellent-looking ones due out that should get you through this cold spell, and the cold spells still to come. 

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A Harrowing Take on the Touring Life: Keith Buckley’s “Scale,” Reviewed

As with most fictional depictions of professions, writing about the life of a musician without a sense of veracity can go awry in a host of ways. If you’re writing about a pop star whose supposed hits come off like authorial conceits, the narrative will stumble. Novels and stories about smaller-scale artists can feel lived-in or artificial; that can go a long way towards whether or not the work as a whole works.

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Body Horror, Siblings’ Language, and Post-Punk Histories: An Interview With Leni Zumas

Leni Zumas’s debut book, the collection Farewell Navigator, earned acclaim from the likes of Joy Williams and Miranda July; it split the difference between wrenching realism and surreal moments of clarity. Here was an artist equally comfortable achieving emotional truths and spending time in post-punk bands. Her first novel, The Listeners, released in May on Tin House, takes up the promise of that collection and turns it into something even more stunning. It follows Quinn, a onetime musician now living […]

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Everyday Genius and Me

Rozalia Jovanovic, co-founding editor of Gigantic, and woman with 100 other cool things attached to her name, asked me to participate in the latest Everyday Genius project, “Manuel for a Productive Everyday Life.”  I’m in some good company with names like Justin Taylor, Leni Zumas, Tao Lin, and Jeff Lewis. You should maybe check it out.

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