In our afternoon reading: talking books with Megan Giddings, a playlist from Kevin Nguyen, and more.
Morning Bites: Laird Hunt’s Latest, Kristine Ong Muslim, Kate Axelrod Fiction, Constance Ann Fitzgerald, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on Laird Hunt’s new book, fiction by Kate Axelrod, television’s best villain, and more.
Morning Bites: Wendy C. Ortiz on “Excavation,” Kathleen Hale, Patti Smith’s Nonfiction, Protomartyr Interviewed, and More
An interview with Wendy C. Ortiz, new writing from Roxane Gay, Kathleen Hale, and D. Foy, checking in with Protomartyr, a look at Patti Smith’s nonfiction, and more.
Christopher R. Weingarten talks about the aesthetic influence of Twin Peaks on contemporary music. Spencer Ackerman on the psychoanalysis of superheroes. Kathe Koja has written a number of terrific and weird novels over the years; here’s an interview in which she talks about the strange and uncanny in fiction. Neil Gaiman shares his reading list with the Times. Michaelangelo Matos talks about Chicago house. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
Tobias Carroll Earlier in the week, I read Eugene Marten’s novel Waste, which I’d been meaning to read for a while now. It starts out reading like a case study in modern urban alienation: the protagonist works as a janitor, and seems estranged from nearly everyone around him. And then things get progressively more unsettling — one late-in-the-book scene features one of the most grotesque moments I’ve encountered in a nominally realistic novel. A day or two later, I found that moments […]