Vol.1 Brooklyn’s September 2016 Book Preview

From surreal and disquieting fiction to insightful and disarming essays, many of the books we’re most excited about in September are ones we’ve been waiting to see for a long time. Some are the first books by writers whose work we’ve enjoyed for a while; others collect short fiction from people whose longer-form work has already impressed us. Either way, there are a lot of captivating books due out this September; here are some of the books that have gotten […]

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Notes on Fictional Cities Forbidden and Strange

For some readers, there’s a romance to reading about cities or countries that never were, or have vanished, or exist only in the most conceptual way. Not far from my desk is Lonely Planet’s guide to micronations, which features profiles of theoretically sovereign states ranging from Sealand to British West Florida. The title of the first collection of the G. Willow Wilson-written comic book Air neatly summarizes the romance of geography disappeared and nonexistent: Letters From Lost Countries. If you […]

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Afternoon Bites: Dennis Cooper, “Justified,” Renee Gladman, and more

“More than a novel, The Ravickians is a kind of curated environment, one built of the culture, language, and architecture of its people…” At The Collagist, Tom DeBeauchamp reviews Renee Gladman’s The Ravickians. A week and change after the news of Ed Park’s new gig was revealed, The Towering Irrelevance makes what is perhaps the most astute observation of all. At Tablet, Irin Carmon writes about the loss of her German passport. The Book Bench chats with Barbara Epler of […]

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