Seth Fried’s Noirish Vision of Tomorrow

Seth Fried


I’m burnt out on dystopia. We’re currently living through a number of different daily scenarios that George Orwell or William Gibson called decades ago, and new levels of absurdity that would make Albert Camus shake his head in disbelief. I don’t try to hide from the bad news, because it’s not like I could if I wanted to. But when I sit down to read a novel, I’d rather try and escape just a little. I’ve read plenty of books where some author shows us their version of what the future will look like, and nine times out of ten the prophecy is pretty grim—which is totally reasonable because, well, humanity likes to destroy itself. Still, I’d like a little less somber from time to time with my reading experience these days. Lately I try to steer clear of reading or watching anything about the future because, frankly, I’m sick of thinking about what’s to come. 

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Vol.1 Brooklyn’s March 2019 Book Preview

What literary delights does March bring? A number of books we’ve been awaiting eagerly for years, for one thing, including new works by Mitchell S. Jackson and Seth Fried. A host of ambitious literary debuts as well — and a number of collections of short fiction that push at the limits of storytelling. Here’s a look at some of the March books we’re looking forward to the most. 

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Afternoon Bites: “Fifty Shames of Earl Grey,” Margaret Atwood Interviewed, “The Twilight Zone” Revisited, And More

Jacob Silverman chats with Margaret Atwood for Capital New York. Matt Zoller Seitz makes the case for the quality of the 1980s edition of The Twilight Zone. Andrew Shaffer talks to the Times about his Fifty Shades of Grey parody. Hey, it’s Seth Fried making an online appearance in The New Yorker. Maud Newton chats with Alison Bechdel. The comics of Stephen Collins forecast strange advances in e-reader technology. Leonard Cohen will be playing Brooklyn! In, er, late December. Follow Vol. 1 […]

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