I always get something wrong in these. There’s generally one book that I utterly forget to include, remember two days later, and curse myself for leaving out. And this year, I’m throwing in some thoughts on music, so that should offer even more opportunities for retrospective regret. I’m getting in just under the wire with this one, yes indeed.
Afternoon Bites: Stanislaw Lem Revisited, Emily St. John Mandel, Vi Khi Nao’s Latest, Annie DeWitt, and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting the fiction of Stanislaw Lem, reading recommendations from Emily St. John Mandel, and more.
Vi Khi Nao’s Fish in Exile is one of the most singular novels I’ve encountered in years. It’s about grief, the fissure lines in a marriage, and the fractal nature of narratives; it’s structurally bold, but never loses sight of the raw emotions at its core. That it’s able to juggle these seemingly contradictory aspects–the formal boldness, and the deeply moving thematic aspects–is just of many reasons why it floored me when I first read it, and why describing it […]
In our morning reading: interviews with Vi Khi Nao and Juliet Escoria, notes on Body/Head’s new album, and more.
In our weekend reading: interviews with Vi Khi Nao and Amy Rose Spiegel, new nonfiction from Scaachi Koul and Craig Davidson, and more.
What does November hold, in terms of books hitting the shelves? We’re glad you asked. As we advance deeper into fall, literary offerings will appear on bookstore shelves from critically acclaimed powerhouses, champions of experimental fiction, writers appearing in translation, and more. There are new editions of cult classics, and the first book from Vol.1 Brooklyn’s founder–all told, a terrific month to be reading. Here are some of the books that have gotten our attention for this month.