Just arrived: Corinne Maier and Anne Simon’s graphic biography of Marx from @nobrowpress, following last year’s installment on Freud. Your comix guide to 20th-century thought is now mostly complete.
Portman visits us this Monday, September 29th, in conversation with editor Krista Marino, whose credits include James Dashner’s Maze Runner trilogy.
Rumor has it that Portman, who moonlights as frontman of The Mr. T Experience, will be bringing his guitar. So don’t be surprised if our rafters shake to the sound of songs like “I Wanna Ramone You,” an original composition by title character Tom Henderson.
Holey Mosely. Award-winning Walter Mosley visits us on Tuesday, 9/30, to read from Rose Gold, the latest installment of his Easy Rawlins novels—which follow Eziekel “Easy” Rawlins, a troubled WWII veteran and accidental private eye operating on the border of African American and white society in LA.
In Rose Gold, we’re in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abduction, and the FBI, State Department, and LAPD turn to Rawlins to resolve a kidnapping orchestrated by the leader of a revolutionary group. A writer New York Magazine once described as a combination of Richard Wright and Raymond Chandler, Mosley’s spare prose and understated observation assimilates elements of mystery into a rich analysis of the complexities of racial identity in postwar LA.
Brook reviewed Mosley’s new novel, along with new books by Saeed Jones, Charles Blow, and Mark Whitaker. Read his reviews here!
See you on Tuesday.
Tonight Ben Lerner and Lorin Stein (but not Geoff Dyer!) discuss Ben’s new novel, and presumably, the past, present and future, too. Ahead of their conversation, I asked Ben a few questions about his past and present reads, his interests in Whitman and walking, and what he wanted to be when he was a kid.
All kinds of interviewing goodness, after the jump.
We were a little skeptical of the concept at first, but we ended up deciding to participate in Banned Books Week. Here are the books we’ve chosen to ban. If you really want one they’ll be available again next week.
In Search of Lost Time, Vols. 2-7
No one gets this far anyway.
This book has been rendered unnecessary by congress.
With the state of the world being what it is we just can’t risk opening up portals to R’lyeh.
The Defining Decade
Who’s even in their twenties anymore?
Urban Babies Wear Black
Park Slope is bad enough without babies drinking lattes.
Only one seed has ever given anyone’s life purpose and it’s not chia.
Prenups for Lovers
Trust us, you don’t want anyone finding this on your bedside table.
Crafting With Cat Hair
We really think you should read Elena Ferrante.
The MacArthur foundation just named staff favorite Alison Bechdel one of this year’s official geniuses. See this short story at the New Yorker for evidence and proceed to our Graphic Novels section for more.
Authors with real clout forgo the back flap in favor of the whole damn back cover.
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ABOUT INK.ED: Ink.ed is a mixed-genre, citywide MFA reading series, workshop, and anthology. Ink.ed showcases the work of up-and-coming writers from the New York City MFA community alongside the work of more established writers. The aim is to create an inviting and warm atmosphere where ideas may be exchanged beyond the boundaries of individual university campuses, while providing an opportunity for writers to interact with a diverse literary audience. The Ink.edReading Series is unique in that the writers selected to participate will not only represent several writing programs but will represent a diversity of genre to include Non-fiction, Spoken Word Poetry, Fiction, Poetry and experimental forms. We will also be conducting workshops in creative writing, poetry, fiction, photography and screenwriting. WEBSITE: http://www.inkedmfa.com.