In our morning reading: an interview with Tim Kinsella, fiction from Brandon Taylor, and more.
Weekend Bites: Gina Apostol’s Latest, Tim Kinsella, Amber Sparks Nonfiction, Jameson Fitzpatrick, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on books by Gina Apostol and Magnus Mills, new writing by Amber Sparks, and more.
Morning Bites: Tim Kinsella Nonfiction, Robert Lopez, Leah Umansky Poetry, Helen Money, and More
In our morning reading: essays by Tim Kinsella and Robert Lopez, how coronavirus is affecting writers, and more.
Weekend Bites: Rachel Ingalls Revisited, Jamie Quatro, Jessie Chaffee Interviewed, Henry Miller on Williamsburg, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on a Rachel Ingalls novel, interviews with Jamie Quatro and Jessie Chaffee, and more.
“Jinx”: An Excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s “Music to My Eyes”
Today, we’re pleased to present an excerpt from Dmitry Samarov’s forthcoming book Music to My Eyes, due out on April 1st on Tortoise Books. In it, Samarov turns the spotlight on several of the musicians who have impressed him most over the years, bringing together his impressions of their sound with memories of a changing Chicago — and, of course, his artwork, capturing the energy and emotion of musicians playing before an audience.
Morning Bites: Robin Sloan, Geeta Dayal on Can, Anne Helen Petersen Interviewed, Revisiting Stephen King, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Anne Helen Petersen and Robin Sloan, talking reunions with Tim and Mike Kinsella, and more.
Permutations, Mutations, and New Ballads: Thoughts on Three Literary Remixes
Ubiquity is a hell of a thing. No two people will have the same narratives, pop culture references, or cultural mythologies dwelling in the back of their heads–but there are certain stories that are familiar enough to enough people that they’re ripe for retelling. Or, in some cases, they’re ripe for modification, for translation into another narrative, playing with readers’ expectations and knowledge of the source material. To cite a few examples, John Darnielle’s short novel Master of Reality used […]
Quiet Moments Amidst Musical Chaos: A Review of Tim Kinsella’s “All Over and Over”
I’ve known Tim Kinsella almost twenty years. He used to work at the coffee shop I haunted. Then, many years later, he interviewed me when my first book came out. Then he commissioned me to paint a cover for one of his records. I wouldn’t say we’re close friends but over the years we’ve had many good talks and there’s a level of mutual respect between us. I’ve never been in a band or been on tour (aside from a […]