In our afternoon reading: news of a television adaptation of “Americanah,” new writing by Scaachi Koul and Brandon Taylor, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Hernan Diaz Interviewed, Conspiracy Theories and Fiction, Emily Fridlund, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Hernan Diaz, writing by Emily Fridlund and Pamela Ryder, and more.
“Details of Grief”: An Excerpt of Pamela Ryder’s “Paradise Field”
Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Pamela Ryder’s new novel Paradise Field, focusing on the last years in the life of a veteran of the Second World War. In a recent interview with The Brooklyn Rail, Ryder had this to say about the origins of the book: “I came to write Paradise Field—the stories about the final years of a WWII bomber pilot and the adult daughter who cares for the old man—because of my father’s death. The book is my […]
Afternoon Bites: Edogawa Rampo, Jami Attenberg Team-Up, Pamela Ryder, and more
“Like Poe’s “The Gold Bug,” many of Rampo’s stories incorporate cryptograms and logic puzzles for the reader to solve. But his early work can’t be labeled uniformly derivative. Rampo separates himself by his fixation on the erotic, on the pleasures of the body, an obsession set uncomfortably against the anxious backdrop of a pre-war society struggling with identity in the face of Westernization.” At Tin House, A.N. Devers tells us of the work of Edogawa Rampo. “Even at their most intimate, […]