In our afternoon reading: a review of Mark Doten’s new novel, interviews with Valeria Luiselli and Peter Stenson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Niviaq Korneliussen, Robert Kloss Interviewed, Rivers Solomon, Pam Houston, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Niviaq Korneliussen and Peter Stenson, new fiction by Rivers Solomon, and more.
Dreams Upended, With Horror: A Review of Peter Stenson’s “Thirty Seven”
“I know all this,” claims the narrator of Peter Stenson’s scarring and hard-to-shake second novel, “because humans are all fundamentally the same. We are a desk of control switches in a recording studio. Our only differences are the… levels and mixing.” This bleak notion proves a navigational star for the narrative, one that draws us on even as it makes our skin crawl.
Afternoon Bites: Jami Attenberg Interviewed, Nicole Chung, Peter Stenson’s Playlist, John Luther Adams, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Jami Attenberg and Carmen Maria Machado, a new essay by Nicole Chung, and more.
Cults Within Cults: A Review of Peter Stenson’s “Thirty-Seven”
“Cults, you know? Why is it people have such a fascination with them?” The question—posed in Peter Stenson’s new novel, Thirty-Seven—is timely. Of late, culture itself seems to have become a sort of cult of cults. Emma Cline’s 2016 Manson-inspired novel The Girls received more press (and a larger advance) than any one book could arguably merit. More recently, there’s the endless parade of news items about the impending Manson film by Quentin Tarantino. It hasn’t even started shooting, but […]