Right about now, there’s no shortage of snow and ice falling outside my window. And so I’m thinking about Fram, the new novel from Steve Himmer, about a man named Oscar and his own obsessions with the snow. Fram follows Oscar, an employee at a secretive government agency, as he embarks on a mysterious mission north, encountering characters with mysterious loyalties and taking in progressively more surreal landscapes. I checked in with Himmer via email to learn more about the book, the history […]
Weekend Bites: John Dermot Woods, Didion as Icon, Dwight Garner Interviewed, LA Novels, and More
In our weekend reading: interviews with John Dermot Woods and Dwight Garner, how Atticus Lish’s debut novel became a huge success, a look at Joan Didion’s iconic status, an excerpt from Steve Himmer’s new novel, and more.
Vol.1 Brooklyn’s January 2015 Books Preview
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.
An Excerpt from “Hair Lit, Vol. One” — Steve Himmer’s “Hard K”
The concept behind the anthology Hair Lit is simple: writers (including Roxane Gay, Leni Zumas, and Lindsay Hunter) looked to hair metal songs for inspiration, with the results ranging from the absurdist to the grittily realistic. We’re happy to present one of the collection’s stories: Steve Himmer’s “Hard K,” inspired by Scorpions’ “Still Loving You.”