In our morning reading: interviews with Susan Choi and Sarah Batkie, thoughts on Sunn 0)))’s new album, and more.
Morning Bites: Mark Doten Interviewed, Josh Denslow, David Shields Interviewed, Janelle Brown, and More
In our morning reading: Mark Doten and Patrick Nathan in conversation, a review of Seth Fried’s new novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Seth Fried Interviewed, Roxane Gay’s Comics, Richard Chiem, Helen Phillips on Kafka, and More
In our afternoon reading: interviews with Seth Fried and Richard Chiem, Helen Phillips revisits Kafka, and more.
Morning Bites: Ann Beattie Interviewed, Nathan Englander on Food, Agnès Varda Remembered, Seth Fried’s Playlist, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Ann Beattie, a playlist from Seth Fried, and more.
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.
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.
Morning Bites: Paula Bomer, Seth Fried Interviewed, L. Ron Hubbard Jazz, Brooklyn Zine Fest Roundup, and More
Updates from Paula Bomer and Seth Fried, a report from this year’s Brooklyn Zine Fest, notes on L. Ron Hubbard’s jazz album, bookshelf tips from the Times, and more.
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 […]