A debut novel that feels a bit like a rupture, not quite like anything that came before it, but marking a great deal that came afterwards. In The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles left all sentiment to die in the desert.
In Georgian England, you could be hired to live as a hermit on a rich person’s land…Right about now, it sounds almost too good to be true.
“Perry is definitely a writer. His essays are meandering and misshapen, slippery and jagged, they wriggle and bite. But, read them for a bit, sit with them and get to know them, and you find they’re also gentle and wise. I mean, it’s a bit hard to get a bead on them, but that’s how identity is, right?”
On the end of grief, and James Baldwin’s classic story of grief at the beginning and end of first love.
Viewed from one perspective, a funeral is a unit of measurement marking the gap between our most important questions and the boundaries of our understanding
J.D. Wilkes’s debut novel packs every Southern myth and legend into one epic, rollicking fricasseed Odyssey. Let’s call it Southern Gothabilly.
By subverting her narrative multiple times and in many different ways, the memoirist gives a good idea of the disorientation and terror of an abusive relationship.
A great and complicated story about an unhappy family where every member is unhappy in their own way.
Music writing as autobiography, poetry, & survival. Seriously, read “They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us” by Hanif Abdurraqib right the hell now.
Maybe we could call them “Ms.Topias,” these novels about suffering women under totalizing systems of patriarchal control. They seem to be having a moment.
In times of stress, it’s good to return to nourishing comfort food, which for me means Jim Harrison’s prose.
While getting by in strange times, I read a book of short stories about how average Ukrainians got by before and after the fall of Communism.
Do you have any books lying around that you keep intending to read once the time is right? Laura Spinney’s “Pale Rider” is one of those books for me.
I realize the idea is to not discuss current events due to how morbid things have become, but wow, never read about a pandemic during one.