In our morning reading: Ryan Chapman on Vladimir Nabokov, a playlist from Kathe Koja, and more.
Weekend Bites: Beth Gibbons, Chloe Aridjis Interviewed, Rachel Lyon, Lincoln Michel Fiction, and More
In our weekend reading: thoughts on new music from Beth Gibbons, new writing by Rachel Lyon and Lincoln Michel, and more.
Morning Bites: Adrienne Celt, Revisiting Yukio Mishima, Ahmed Saadawi, Mary Lattimore’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: new writing by Adrienne Celt, thoughts on the music of Dead Can Dance, and much more.
In our morning reading: talking with Laurie Anderson, thoughts on works by Vladimir Nabokov and Superchunk, and more.
Morning Bites: Ionesco’s Birthday, Scott Cheshire Interviewed, “The Baltimore Atrocities,” Sarah Gerard, and More
In our Wednesday morning reading: tributes to the late founder of Coffee House Press, interviews with Scott Cheshire and Sarah Gerard, a history of the mod-punk band Chisel, the inspiration for Lolita, and more.
We’ll be off for the rest of the week, and will return on Sunday morning with new fiction. See you then.
I sometimes picture the peak of Northeast winters, from the season’s first snowfall until about late February, as a hearth beside which friends and family inevitably nest. You’d think you’d see less of these people in cruel weather, but I find it to be the opposite: we come together to huddle for warmth and get a bit fatter in dark and stormy conditions. Unlike me, the season’s cold rain caused Flaubert’s heart to “crumble into ruins”. But Flaubert seems to […]
Tobias Carroll And lo: there was the literature of jet-lag. The second time around, the strengths of William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition remained intact: haunted characters and a pinpoint command of culture. Its flaws — notably, a conclusion that effectively sidelines the novel’s protagonist — remained present. And still, Pattern Recognition may well be my favorite of Gibson’s books: a morally resonant, deeply contemporary thriller that hits nearly all of my sweet spots. (Mysterious films, subcultural intrigue, globetrotting.) Were I fond of […]
Bites: New American Stories, New Nabokov is “Not a Novel”, Literary Journals as News Sources, Air Waves at Daytrotter, and More
Maud Newton talked about it in early November, but this recently posted review on Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigration (Library of America), had a quote I liked. Gary Shteyngart falls in love with cereal for the “unprecedented miracle” of toy prizes: “It tastes the way America feels. . . . . Something for nothing.” Lit. “The first thing you need to know about this new Nabokov thing is that it is not a novel.” — Ward Six. “In an ongoing effort to […]