Curiosities

December 11, 2014

Keeping Present the Forgotten 0

by

Recommended reading: The Believer interviews Claudia Rankine about Citizen: An American Lyric, the relationship between art and literature and the importance of “keeping present the forgotten bodies.”

December 10, 2014

Through the Pain 0

by

Recommended Reading: Cristina Fries on Excavation by Wendy Ortiz. (h/t The Rumpus)

December 10, 2014

Bill Morris at the Half King 0

by

Live in NYC? Want to hear our own Bill Morris read from his latest novel? Then stop by the Half King this Monday at 7 p.m. Bill won’t just be reading — he’ll also be spinning songs by James Brown, Smokey Robinson and more.

December 10, 2014

Tales of a Onetime Construction Worker 0

by

Last week, Emily Gould recommended Nell Zink in her Year of Reading piece, extolling Zink’s novel The Wallcreepers as a “funny, profane, [and] deeply weird book.” At The Paris Review Daily, Matthew Jakubowski interviews the author, who talks about living in Germany, reading too much Kafka and writing for Jonathan Franzen.

December 9, 2014

The Baroque Era 0

by

“These poets foreground elaborate and mythically transgressive evocations of eros in which stylistic excesses counter the violent excesses of homophobia and racial marginalization. The queer Baroque is, fundamentally, a poetry of radical ambivalence.” On Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones.

December 9, 2014

“The dream of authenticity” 0

by

A few weeks ago, Meghan Daum released an essay collection, The Unspeakable, which our own Hannah Gersen described as “unputdownable” in her Millions review. At Slate, Katy Waldman offers her own praise, writing that “these essays do what essays often set out to do: trace the outlines of a self.”

December 9, 2014

Tuesday New Release Day: Diamant; Horowitz; DFW; Davis 0

by

New this week: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant; Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz; a limited edition of The David Foster Wallace Reader; and The Poem She Didn’t Write and Other Poems by Olena Kalytiak Davis (which I wrote about last week). For more on these and other recent titles, go read our Great Second-half 2014 […]

December 8, 2014

“The right investment of his time” 0

by

Recommended Reading: Colson Whitehead on Family Life by Akhil Sharma.

December 8, 2014

Blairian 0

by

Since his death in 1950, George Orwell has grown more and more popular, so much so that his eponymous adjective is now widely used even by ideological enemies. So how did this state of affairs come about? In the new Intelligent Life, an offshoot of The Economist, Robert Butler delves into the story of how […]

December 7, 2014

Like a Career in the NBA 0

by

“The myth of the full-time writer is a perniciously sticky one—and it doesn’t help that once in a blue moon a J.K. Rowling does come along, thereby entrenching the cultural delusion that being a full-time writer is a thing that could realistically happen. But the truth is that being a full-time writer is basically just the literary […]