Let’s do this: see that wall of books behind the tower of Chris Adrian? The one that our unfortunately adumbrated sign would seem to indicate are “Stap Picks?” Message me with your best guess as to what those seven books are and if you’re correct, I’ll give you a copy of the foregrounded book, Chris Adrian’s The Great Night, which is excellent and desirable and you want to read it and maybe already have but it makes a nice gift so try anyway.
Hint: this is a photo. Of our store. You might could go have a look.
In the absence of a fiction Pulitzer, Sarah went on the radio today to award the first ever Sarah McNallitzer award to The Great Night, Pym, and We the Animals. You can listen to her talk to Brian Lehrer here.
(And if you want to know more about The Great Night, you could, ahem, try this, my interview with Adrian for the Paris Review, because I love this book too.)
"If I can say that Gob’s Grief asked What shall we do about death? and The Children’s Hospital asked What shall we do about sin?, then I suppose I can say that this one asks What shall we do about love?"
— Chris Adrian on his new novel, The Great Night, in an interview with Rivka Galchen for FSG’s Work in Progress.
Chris Adrian reads “The Indian Uprising,” by Donald Barthelme, and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.
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I love these goddamn things. I listened to this while I got ready for work this morning. LOVE YOU, CHRIS ADRIAN. LOVE YOU, DONALD BARTHELME. VERY SAD THAT I THOUGHT YOU PRONOUNCED DB’S NAME LIKE “BARTELMY” BUT IT’S REALLY “BARTHELMY.”
1. I blame a few writing prof’s. 2. Maybe Chris Adrian and Deborah Treisman are just incorrect. Maybe Deborah Treisman was incorrect and Chris Adrian was like, Oh shit, you pronounce the th sound?, like, mid-podcast, and went with her pronunciation, to be kind. 3. I was probably just wrong, though.
Chris Adrian writes with a force few other contemporary writers can muster. Neat to hear him reading Barthelme. (Also, don’t forget about the handy McSweeney’s Chart of Mispronounceable Names!)