In our Tuesday morning reading: Kim Gordon and Carrie Brownstein in conversation, Dennis Cooper on xTx’s new book, notes on horror soundtracks, Eric Nelson on his new collection, and more.
The books that we’re most excited for this month are a wildly varied bunch, ranging from work that pushes the boundaries of memoir to a collection of novellas from one of our favorite contemporary authors. Incisive satire, blistering experimental fiction, and journeys into literary history: this March has something for virtually all literary tastes. Read on for some of the highlights of the month to come.
Morning Bites: New Zadie Smith Writing, xTx Interviewed, Tom McCarthy’s Latest, Afrika Bambaataa, and More
In our morning reading: new writing from Zadie Smith, an interview with xTx, the legacy of Afrika Bambaataa, Jim Ruland on Tom McCarthy’s latest, and more.
We’re admirers of the work done by the author known as xTx. We’ve published her short story “How to Deal With a Black Eye on Thanksgiving,” and her short novel Billie the Bull was one of our favorite books of 2013. So the news that Civil Coping Mechanisms would be releasing her next book, titled Today I Am A Book, early next year was welcome indeed. And now that book has a c0ver, and it’s got a deeply lived-in charm and style […]
Afternoon Bites: Juliet Escoria, New York Poetry Festival, Jac Jemc’s New Collection, xTx Interviewed, and More
Douglas Wolk on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s latest, interviews with xTx and Juliet Escoria, a review of Jac Jemc’s new collection, excellent essays from Saeed Jones and Casey N. Cep, and more.
Talking storytelling with Nick Antosca and Ken Baumann, Kevin Sampsell interviews Alissa Nutting, Byron Coley makes a record, Oneida offshoot People of the North release a new album, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Chelsea Light Moving’s Debut, Yeti Listener Hour, New Ben Katchor, xTx Interviewed, and More
“Part of Chelsea Light Moving’s aesthetic evolves from Moore’s art punk historian status, and the three initial singles work that professorial thread. “Frank O’Hara Hit” is a conspiracy theory about a date that brings together O’Hara, Dylan, Jagger and Moore himself.” Scott Branson on the debut from Chelsea Light Moving. Yeti‘s Mike McGonigal has started a podcast series, the Yeti Listener Hour. Volumes one and two are now up. xTx talked with The Outlet. And if you liked that, perhaps […]
There isn’t a lot that I can use to connect the four books up for discussion this week. They’re all released on small presses of distinction (two from the same one, in fact), but that shouldn’t be taken to represent some sort of consistent aesthetic. These books range in style from well-earned realism to a progressively-more-unhinged monologue in the key of John Hawkes. Regardless, quality abounds in these four works: the best of them is one of the freshest, most […]