In our morning reading: Grace Paley’s fiction and politics, an interview with Jim Shepard, a review of Tom McCarthy’s new essay collection, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Michael Robbins, Writers’ Spaces, Richard Price Interviewed, Baseball Books, and More
In our afternoon reading: a new Michael Robbins essay; Caryn Rose recommends baseball books; interviews with Richard Price, Kevin Nguyen, and Sir Richard Bishop; the flipside of the vinyl boom; and more.
Satin Island by Tom McCarthy Knopf; 208 p. In a 1996 interview with KCRW’s Michael Silverblatt, David Foster Wallace explained the dizzyingly broad sweet of his magnum opus, Infinite Jest, in terms of a culture-overload that was singularly specific to late capitalism: ‘it seems to me that so much of pre-millennial life in America consists of enormous amounts of what seem like discrete bits of information coming in and that the real kind of intellectual adventure is finding ways to […]
Morning Bites: New Zadie Smith Writing, xTx Interviewed, Tom McCarthy’s Latest, Afrika Bambaataa, and More
In our morning reading: new writing from Zadie Smith, an interview with xTx, the legacy of Afrika Bambaataa, Jim Ruland on Tom McCarthy’s latest, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Rebecca Solnit, Juliet Escoria on Literary 2015, Patton Oswalt Interviewed, Charles Burns on Lovecraft, and More
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Rebecca Solnit and Emily Gould, Charles Burns revisits H.P. Lovecraft, Juliet Escoria previews literary 2015, and more.
Via designer Peter Mendelsund comes this design for the cover of the next book from the wonderfully unclassifiably Tom McCarthy. (Satin Island is due out in early 2015.) Given that McCarthy’s work has involved the deconstructed narratives of C. and Remainder, and the most mind-expanding look at Tintin you’re likely to read, I think it’s safe to say that we’re excited about this one.