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.
Afternoon Bites: Mohsin Hamid’s Latest, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, John Freeman Gill Interviewed, Joshua Mohr, and More
In our afternoon reading: exploring Mohsin Hamid’s new novel, an interview with Joshua Mohr, and much more.
Morning Bites: Eve Babitz, Booksellers’ Fall Preview, Autofiction, Noah Hawley Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on the writings of Eve Babitz, a fall preview from booksellers, a list of great autobiographical fiction, and more.
This month brings with a host of bold nonfiction, including books in which talented writers shine a light on the creative works that have impressed them over the years, incisive memoirs, and a new collection of writing on race in America. There’s also plenty of innovative fiction due out this month, along with a few works that defy easy description. What follows is a look at several of the books for which we’re excited that are due out in the […]
Afternoon Bites: Matthew Specktor on Eve Babitz, Raymond Carver Remembered, Rufi Thorpe, Steve Reich Revisited, and More
In our afternoon reading: Matthew Specktor on literary Los Angeles, Rufi Thorpe on books she loves, an interview with Laina Dawes, and more.
Morning Bites: Hanya Yanagihara Interviewed, Caryl Phillips, Matthew Specktor on Short Stories, Colin Dickey in Svalbard, and More
In our Friday morning reading: profiles of Hanya Yanagihara and Caryl Phillips, an interview with Matthew Specktor, a look at what makes a Charles D’Ambrosio sentence tick, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Talking “California Split,” Matthew Specktor on Howard Jacobson, Notable 2014 Fiction, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting California Split, numerous editorial choices for the best books of the year, Matthew Specktor on the latest from Howard Jacobson, and more.
Weekend Bites: Geoff Dyer Interviewed, Shane Jones, Tournament of Books Bracket, Saltz on “Girls,” and More
The influence of Gordon Lish’s workshops, Matthew Specktor and Geoff Dyer talk fiction, an excerpt from Shane Jones’s new novel, and more for your weekend reading.