The fact that this month’s list is larger than usual is but one indication that May looks to be an especially strong month for books. The works we’re most excited about span a variety of styles and genres, from essential writing about books and music to reissues of underrated works of fiction and nonfiction. Whether your tastes run towards the classical or the experimental, there’s a lot to enjoy; that the onset of spring means that you can do so […]
In our Friday morning reading: Saeed Jones and Lincoln Michel talk fellowships, new writing from Vivian Gornick, revisiting a Neil Young film from 1982, predicting the end of “Mad Men,” and more.
Afternoon Bites: Swans at Bonnaroo, Charles Newman’s Lost Novel, Vivian Gornick on Mary McCarthy, and More
Inside a new Chicago literary space, thoughts on Swans live, Vivian Gornick on Mary McCarthy, Alexander Nazaryan on Charles Newman, and much more.
Vivian Gornick’s memoir Fierce Attachments competes with other books in your bag if you bring it with you on your commute. It’s tough, it’s rude. It’s harsh and pretty. It’s down-on-his-luck Warren Oates, behind the wheel of a large automobile. You choose its toothy grin over whatever else you’ve decided to lug around, because the stories within are short, punishing. With Vivian, five minutes on the train feel spent.