In our weekend reading: Will Oldham and Bill Callahan in conversation, writers on author photos, and more.
Morning Bites: Brian Evenson Interviewed, Alexander Chee Nonfiction, Katherine Dunn, Antonio Tabucchi’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Brian Evenson and Jez Burrows, nonfiction by Alexander Chee, and more.
Welcome to February. When looking at the books we’re most excited about for this month, it’s difficult to find a common thread. There are revelatory books that help explain some of the most contentious issues of our time; there are also surreal works of fiction that turn the familiar into the utterly bizarre. These are narratives that unfold in unexpected ways, whether real or imagined–and whether the corners of the world that they illuminate are urgent or obscure, they offer […]
Afternoon Bites: Angela Flournoy Fiction, Kaveh Akbar, Philip K. Dick Award Nominees, Raymond Carver Adaptations, and More
In our afternoon reading: fiction by Angela Flournoy, NPR on the works of Kaveh Akbar, and much more.
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.
Ask anyone to name the most literary city in Washington State, and nine times out of ten they’ll choose Seattle, an emerald city sparkling with renown bookstores (Elliott Bay, Third Place Books), coffee shops (Caffe Vita, Vivace), and a literary center that draws famous writers from around the country for popular reading series (Richard Hugo House). The tenth person will likely choose one of the West Side’s small literary havens like Port Townsend, home to poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press […]
Weekend Bites: Ploughshares in the 80’s, Tao’s Mixtape, Dust Jackets WTF?, Graydon’s Presidents, and More
Raymond Carver and other guest editors of Ploughshares from the 1980’s. Tao Lin makes a mixtape. Aleksandar Hemon: not a Jew. MobyLives ponders the point of dust jacket. Graydon Carter has a book out about American presidents. Who doesn’t think Martin Amis is great?
Weekend Bites: Dave Eggers is like John Wayne but with a pen, Raymond Carver, Jon Ronson, Bjork and Barney kaput?, Hornby hearts LHB, and more.
Three Guys One Book: “Where have all the cowboys gone? Has literature isolated itself from a bigger cultural context?” Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Dennis Johnson, Gary Shteyngart, and the New York Times bestsellers of 1943 all make cameos. Jacket Copy asks: “How much of (Raymond) Carver’s “minimalist” style was a byproduct of (Gordon) Lish’s editing?” This 1997 New Yorker article provided as reference, and this review of the Library of America release of “Raymond Carter: Collected Stories” might shed sufficient […]