In our afternoon reading: recommendations from Tayari Jones, new writing from Elle Nash, and much more.
Spiritualism, Trance Speaking, and the “Legacy of the American Confidence Man”: An Interview With Adrian Van Young
We’ve been admirers of Adrian Van Young‘s fiction since we first encountered his debut collection, The Man Who Noticed Everything. This year has seen the release of his first novel, Shadows in Summerland, which was inspired by the real-life history of 19th-century spirit photographer William Mumler. (We ran an excerpt from it last year.) Told via multiple narrators, the novel follows the convergence of the lives of Mumler, trance speaker Fanny Conant, and a young woman named Hannah in Boston […]
Afternoon Bites: Grant Hart Gets Literary, André Alexis’s Playlist, Françoise Mouly Interviewed, Michael T. Fournier, and More
In our afternoon reading: talking books with Grant Hart, a playlist from André Alexis, interviews with Françoise Mouly and Michael T. Fournier, and more.
Morning Bites: “Wolf in White Van” Reviewed, Feminist Fairy Tales, Robert W. Bingham Prize Finalists, Nell Zink, and More
Reviewing John Darnielle’s new novel, Jen Doll on feminist fairy tales, David Mitchell on great Japanese novels, an excerpt from Nell Zink’s new novel, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Marie-Helene Bertino, The Faulkner Museum, Aimee Bender Interviewed, Witold Gombrowicz, and More
An excerpt from Marie-Helene Bertino’s new novel, a look at the Faulkner Museum, revisiting Witold Gombrowitz, Thao Nguyen at MoMA, and more.
The As I Lay Dying preview is up right at the point when we are just so numb from people talking about film adaptations of classic books that we won’t offer up any comments other than Danny McBride is in the film, so it can’t be that bad. Or can it?
There’s a treasure trove of William Faulkner’s old stuff that Sotheby’s will be putting up for auction, including an unpublished 12-page short story entitled “The Trapper’s Story,”and an original book of poetry called “Vision in Spring.” But the big prize of the auction is undoubtedly Faulkner’s Nobel Prize medal, the diploma, and the hand-written draft of his 1950 Nobel acceptance speech. Faulkner’s trip to Oslo yielded the award that could fetch up to $2 million dollars when it goes up on the […]
Well, William Faulkner is suing Woody Allen. You know Jonathan Franzen has a play, right? Our own Jason Diamond reviewed it for Capital New York. Rick Moody reviewed Chris Ware’s Building Stories. Killer London fog. Matthew Perpetua makes the case for Titus Andronicus. Maria Sherman makes the case against Japandroids. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.