In the Summer of 2020, I was hospitalized for almost a month and reached out via text to a limited number of writer-friends to let them know what was going on with me. Of that small number, Josh Russell has stayed in touch with me daily, in a manner that has improved my health, deepened our friendship, and, I hope, aided each other during a period in which there have been many days where both of us wondered if there was any reason to write fiction, particularly the kind of fiction each of us have chosen to pursue.
During that time, we’ve seen too how both of us, survivors of the eighties, midwesterners who’ve lived most of our adult lives in the south, married to southerners, who’ve navigated through a number of different universities—nine have seen fit to employ the two of us—have more in common than not. And I will say it unhesitatingly: I have no other correspondent whom I look forward to hearing from more.
In our afternoon reading: Ben Greenman on Prince, interviews with Nikki Giovanni and Tom Williams, and more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Chelsea Hodson, a review of Tom Williams’s new book, a report from Wordstock, and more.
In our morning reading: notes on two Joanna Walsh books, Tom Williams discusses menswear, Jessica Hopper on the new album by Grimes, and more.
In our Thursday morning reading: interviews with Dorothea Lasky, Brenna Ehrlich, and Tom Williams; a playlist from Brandon Hobson; and much more.
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Whit Stillman and Chris Eigeman; reviews of new books from Tom Williams, Wendy C. Ortiz, and Naomi Jackson; new writing from Megan Stielstra; and more.
In our morning reading: new nonfiction from Sarah McCarry, Tom Williams, and Lauren Oyler; an excerpt from Jami Attenberg’s new novel; Scott Esposito recommends books; and more.
Thoughts on the new album from Perfume Genius, Blake Butler on Yannick Murphy, Jenn Ghetto on Point Break, the smiles of Cormac McCarthy, and more.