GRANTA, #127, Japan. I experienced a weird, intense (negative) emotional resonance with the eerie first story here, “A Clean Marriage”. From the editors: "Everyone knows this country and no one knows it. Here are twenty new Japans by its writers and artists, and by residents and visitors and neighbours. A special issue of GRANTA, published simultaneously in Japanese and English."
Thirteen Latin American crime stories from MCSWEENEY’S, No. 46: “The Dirty Kid”, “Emunctories”(!?!), “In the Dark Core of the Night”, etc.
This is tonight. Be there, or look like this kid tomorrow.
A MAGAZINE curated by Iris Van Herpen. Collaborations with Phillip Beesley, Jean Baptiste Mondino, Natalja, Kris Kuksi, Jerry Stafford, Michael Hansmeyer…
That top image is terrifying. Sorry everyone.
McNally bookseller Fiona has been writing book suggestions over at ALLDAYEVERYDAY. Recent recommends include Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar, Semiotext(e)’s Schizo-Culture, and for spring sprung Maggie Nelson’s Bluets.
Congratulations to our beloved Beth Steidle on the release of her book The Static Herd, which we celebrated (and how) last night with a women writers of McNally Jackson reading.
Pictured above (from left to right): Fiona Duncan, Sarah Gerard, Carly Dashiell, Beth Steidle, and Kate Milford.
'Sup? I'm the official artist of the Downtown Literary Festival — that’s ‘sup.
This Sunday I will be running between Housing Works and Bowery Poetry Club, drawing for six straight hours — no bathroom breaks.* I’ll be posting all my drawings live on Instagram throughout the day.
Also, if you see me at the festival, I’ll have Last Night’s Reading postcards free for the taking, featuring some of your favorite drawings. Just look for the girl with the drawing pad and polka dots.
* I am allowed bathroom breaks.
Kate is the first official DLF artist! We’re delighted she’ll be documenting the festival.
We’re partnering with Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League of New York’s publication dedicated to defining and enriching the culture of citymaking, on their annual writing competition. This year, UO is seeking essays on the topic of common ownership, private property and the sharing economy.
What do you hold in common with your fellow citizens, the strangers with whom you share your city?
What kinds of urban space, property, or merchandise do you choose not to own yet feel you have the right to use?
How does the city affect your perceptions of the distinctions between goods and services, private and public, material and digital, proprietary and common, ownership and access?
One first-prize essay will receive an award of $500. Up to two second-place winners will receive prizes of $250 each. Winning submissions will be published on Urban Omnibus and in a booklet printed on our Espresso Book Machine. The booklet will be featured in our Architecture section for the summer, and winners will be invited to read their submissions at an event at the bookstore in July.
Jury: Rosalie Genevro, Lucy Ives, Suketu Mehta, Cassim Shepard, Varick Shute, and Caitlin Zaloom
For submission instructions and more information, visit urbanomnibus.net/commonshares.
Our own Matt Pieknik interviewed Jenny Offill—a former McNally J Book of the Month-er—for the Paris Review. Read it. (By which we mean both the interview and the book.)
- For Love and Vegetables
Emma Allen on cooking from Deborah Madison’s revised “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”: http://nyr.kr/1euWXu8