At first, N.J. Campbell‘s novel Found Audio reads like the kind of true-crime mystery that might inspire dedicated podcast listeners to trade theories, obsess over mysterious records, and ponder the ambiguities presented by the narrative. It’s the story of an unnamed journalist searching for a mysterious city–the kind of archetypal adventure narrative that has captivated audiences for centuries. But on closer inspection, the story gets weirder: while driven, the journalist at the heart of the book reveals less admirable qualities along […]
In our morning reading: Ann Powers on the new album from EMA, a look at the current state of The Believer, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Samantha Irby, fiction by Akhil Sharma, thoughts on N.J. Campbell’s new novel, and more.
Welcome to the month of July. Odds are good that your Instagram has a higher-than-usual percentage of images of books read beside water and sand; odds are good that your social media feed abounds with frustration with humidity, public transit delays, and the joys of summer heat. July also brings with it a fascinating assortment of new (and newly translated) books, from thought-provoking fiction to incisive nonfiction. Here’s a look at some of the books that are on our minds […]