In our Friday morning reading: notes on new books from Nina MacLaughlin and César Aira, interviews with Nova Ren Suma and Marci Blackman, new writing from xTx, and much more.
A discussion of Kate Zambreno’s Green Girl, writers reveal their favorite books about soccer, Mike Sacks is interviewed on the subject of comedy, thoughts on the new Cold Beat album, and more.
I first encountered the writing of Marci Blackman when we shared a bill at the Fireside Follies Reading Series last year. Her new novel, Tradition, follows an man named Gus Weesfree who returns to his hometown, Tradition, for the first time in decades. In precise yet dreamlike prose, past and present overlap, unlikely bonds form, and horrific actions are uncovered.