And here we go, deeper into fall. Daylight Savings Time looms this weekend, making for shorter days and longer nights; colder temperatures beckon. Does that make it the right time of the year to curl up with a book? Well, sure–but is there ever not a good time of year for that? Among the books we’re most excited about this month are bold riffs on detective fiction, genre-defying narratives, and works of fiction and nonfiction that put politics and culture into sharp relief. Here are some November books (plus a pair from the final days of October) that have caught our eye.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a newly-translated book by Wolfgang Hilbig, an interview with Sara Driver, and more.
As June approaches, the temperatures outside are rising, and various dreams of a long spring are dashed until next year. June also brings with it a host of books we’ve been eager to read for a while now, including new books by longtime favorites, structurally bold works that take literature into new places, and short fiction that ventures into surreal and sinister places. Here’s a look at some of the books we’re most excited about for June.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Paul Yoon, Brandon Hobson, and Wolfgang Hilbig; an interview with Melissa Febos; and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on translation, interviews with John Keene and Alexandra Kleeman, and more.
In our morning reading: new writing from Janice Lee and Laurie Penny; interviews with Sofia Samatar, Josh Gondelman, and Michael J. Seidlinger; and much more.
Have you ever felt an essential sense of wrongness in everyday life? Disorientation can be a powerful literary tool, and it’s one that the late German author Wolfgang Hilbig understood well. In his introduction to Wolfgang Hilbig’s 2002 collection The Sleep of the Righteous, László Krasznahorkai described Hilbig’s vision as one where “only the weak, the sensitive, those incapable of bargaining and in no way heroic, can sense the chaos and the surrealism.” These stories deal with fragmented psyches, everyday […]
In our afternoon reading: conversations with Carrie Brownstein, notes on Dylan Thomas, Blake Butler on surreal novels, an interview with Isaac Fitzgerald, and more.