Talking with Jeffrey Eugenides; a look at the wartime experiences of eight noted writers; the latest from Mount Eerie; fictional mayors; and more.
#tobyreads: Anatomies of Modern Conflict: J.M. Ledgard, Masha Hamilton, and Aleksander Hemon on War and its Effects
Books of conflict, of war, of nations uprooted and the aftermath of that uprooting. That’s what was on my mind with this week’s three selections: two novels with decidedly contemporary settings, and one collection of essays wherein the memory of war, and of geographic displacement, is never far below the surface. It’s a weighty selection of subjects, but one to which all three of these do justice.
Afternoon Bites: Masha Hamilton’s Playlist, Pussy Riot in NYC, Alina Simone, Night Falls on Hoboken, and More
Jody Rosen gives a lesson in outsider British rock; Masha Hamilton makes a playlist; members of Pussy Riot appear in NYC; Nick Moran reflects on Maxwell’s. That and more can be found in this afternoon’s reading.