In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Esmé Weijun Wang’s new essay collection, book recommendations from Tracey Thorn, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Great Short Novels, Tracey Thorn on Kate Bush, Grant Morrison Interviewed, Game Theory Reissued, and More
Tracey Thorn on Kate Bush, thoughts on new music from SunnO))) and Ulver, an interview with Grant Morrison, Bill Hillmann on bullfighting, and more.
#tobyreads: Meditations on Music, Silence, and Art
Tracey Thorn’s discography is a laudable one: the groups Everything But the Girl and Marine Girls, collaborations with Massive Attack, and a group of acclaimed solo albums. Her memoir, Bedsit Disco Queen, delivered a lot of what I was expecting: there’s plenty of detail about Thorn’s creative process, and how it evolved through the years; there’s also plenty about her own personal aesthetics, and how they developed over time.
Afternoon Bites: Tracey Thorn’s Memoir, Literary Crushes, Aaron Gilbreath on Nick Flynn, and More
Tracey Thorn — of Marine Girls and Everything But the Girl and a lauded solo career — has a memoir out in the UK. Douglas Wolk used the occasion to discuss highlights from her discography. Edward Champion, Roxane Gay, and more reveal their literary crushes. Blake Butler interviewing Tim Hecker? Yes, we’ll read that. Joyland lets you, for lack of a better word, choose your own adventure. The indubitable Aaron Gilbreath reviewed Nick Flynn’s The Reenactments for The Portland Mercury. If you’d like […]