Given the amount of time that we spend in online spaces, it’s not surprising that many writers have sought to replicate the experience of social networks, text messaging, and shitposting in their prose. Finding a way to do it without stumbling along the way is a little more of a challenge. (There’s an early-2000s novel by one of my favorite writers where the evocation of texting felt so dissonant it took me out of the narrative.) And while many of us have been online for years or decades, it feels like it’s taken literature a little bit of time to catch up.
In our afternoon reading: new writing by Hillary Leftwich, Jeff Jackson and Meghan Lamb in conversation, and more.
A lot of writers were in bands when they were young, but what about making music after you’ve published a few novels and are old enough for the romance of late night shows in dive bars to have dimmed? Is it something most people outgrow for a reason? A compulsion related to arrested development or midlife crisis? Or is performance intimately related to the act of writing in ways that are slow to reveal themselves?
In our weekend reading: an interview with Isaac Fitzgerald, an interview with Meghan Lamb, and more.
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Meghan Lamb and Lela Lee, thoughts on billy woods’s new album, and more.
In our morning reading: stories by Richard Chiem and Brian Alan Ellis, an interview with Meghan Lamb, and more.
All of Your Most Private Places is the first story collection from Meghan Lamb. As its title suggests, this is a collection which zeroes in on the nature of spaces and places — their presences, their influences, and what we feel from their absences. Sparked by this new collection, James Tadd Adcox talked with Lamb about privacy, the difficulties of living in Hungary at the current moment, and the life of inanimate objects.
In our morning reading: thoughts on Fernanda Melchor’s new novel, nonfiction by Paul Auster, and more.