In our morning reading: thoughts on Binnie Kirshenbaum’s new novel, Leland Cheuk on comedy memoirs, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Marlon James Interviewed, T Kira Madden, Victor Serge Revisited, Hand Habits, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Marlon James, thoughts on the writings of T Kira Madden and Victor Serge, new nonfiction from Hanif Abdurraqib, and more.
#tobyreads: Diagrams of Lives
I’d been meaning to read Beth Steidle’s The Static Herd for a while now. It’s a slim book, but a powerful one, juxtaposing scenes from a life with medical terminology ominous in its context and implications, diagrams, and illustrations. There are questions raised here of family, of mortality, and of things that go unnoticed; what it all adds up to, in the end, is a kind of impressionistic portrait of several interwoven lives, nestled alongside a meditation on observation and interpretation.