Recommended: C.E. Morgan’s Mesmerizing debut ALL THE LIVING
C.E. Morgan became reasonably famous with her 20 Under 40 New Yorker inclusion, and when I heard that her newest novel was about horse racing in Kentucky I set out to start at the beginning of her publication career. ALL THE LIVING is her excellent, baroque debut set in a rural town in central-eastern Kentucky. […]
I miss the days of Richard Brautigan
Just finished Trout Fishing in America only three weeks after blazing through A Confederate General in Big Sur, and I am filled with the feeling of nostalgia for a time when you could just bum around the West Coast with your girlfriend and a few weird buddies and camp and fish and drink and tool […]
Booze, Boats, and Broads in this Excellent Thriller
There’s something irresistible and so attractive about starting a novel with a murder: for me, I can’t bear the thought of not knowing who did it. And so it was with Charles Cutter’s debut novel THE PINK PONY (from independent publisher Arbutus Press), I blazed through this excellent debut in a single sitting. Set in Northern Michigan, […]
Gregory Rabassa: In Token of My Admiration for His Genius
Thrilled to share that my interview with Gregory Rabassa, translator of 100 Years of Solitude and Hopscotch and so many other legendary works of Latin American literature, is now available at The Common. Thanks for Melody Nixon and Jen Acker for consistently putting out such a wonderful magazine. Here’s the link, enjoy!
Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers
This book just arrived at our house, and we can’t stop getting pulled in over and over again page by page… James Gulliver Hancock‘s bio states the following, and we say, “Draw on, awesome one…” JAMES GULLIVER HANCOCK FEELS SICK WHEN HE’S NOT DRAWING. He panics that he may not be able to draw everything in […]
Reflections on getting dressed, Dolly Parton, and the search for the ever elusive belly laugh… When I was sixteen I wrote a short essay for English Lit answering the question, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” In a nauseatingly naive tone, I wrote about a house by the sea, a small baby laughing in […]
If Only Every Book Could Finish Like This
I do. I really do want every book to leave you wondering why every book isn’t as special as The Fault in Our Stars. Hot damn, people!! Sometimes books best-sell for a reason. It is futile to add more noise to the Internet’s democratic blessing of this work. Observe this, from Amazon: That is over […]
Loved this in the NYRB this week. Miss those boozy nights of literary rapscallionism.
Currently obsessed with…
Jeff Vandermeer’s The Southern Reach Trilogy. Have blazed through the first two in less than 48 hours. Like Kafka but creepier and more entertaining!
Entire USC MFA Class Drops Out
Damn. Check out the letter they wrote to the administration: The University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design’s internationally-renowned MFA program is, sorrowfully, over as we have come to know and love it. For most of the past decade, this graduate program has excelled as an exemplary institutional model and major epicenter […]