In our afternoon reading: writings on Silvina Ocampo and Grace Jones, new writing from Susannah Felts, and more.
Morning Bites: Rachel Carson, Revisiting Silvina Ocampo, Chris Gethard on Cable, Luke B. Goebel Interviewed, and More
In our morning reading: revisiting a classic from Rachel Carson, Will Chancellor talked with Luke B. Goebel, a look at a documentary about The Slits, notes on Kamasi Washington, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Silvina Ocampo Fiction, John Benditt’s Playlist, Noah Cicero and Juliet Escoria, and More
In our Tuesday afternoon reading: fiction from Silvina Ocampo, Noah Cicero and Juliet Escoria in conversation, a John Benditt playlist, Steph Post on fiction and cocktails, and more.
And then, it was a new year. For us, January’s most anticipated books provide a cross-section of what we love about literature, from histories that provide a fresh angle on certain subjects to fiction that pushes the boundaries of prose to work that takes us to new places–sometimes literally. Here are ten January books that have caught our eye.
Last year, in preparation for a review of the short novel Where There’s Love, There’s Hate, I ended up delving into the work of the Argentinian writer Silvina Ocampo. (Where There’s Love… was a collaboration with her husband, Adolfo Bioy Casares.) Her work falls into the same elusive camp as the likes of Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges, both of whom were admirers of her work: dream logic, surreal images, and mythology all play a role in her fiction.
Where There’s Love, There’s Hate by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Silvina Ocampo translated by Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Ernst Powell Melville House; 134 p. In describing his collaborations with Adolfo Bioy Casares, Jorge Luis Borges said, “we have created between us a kind of third person; we have somehow begotten a third person that is quite unlike us.” That working relationship between Borges and Bioy Casares has emerged as a kind of platonic ideal of collaboration: in a recent […]