Tag: Literature

Shambolic, Odd, and Arresting: Kid Millions Remembers Jason Molina

The Oneida drummer on his relationship with the Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. mastermind.

Living Hells: George Saunders, Octavia Butler, and the Quest for a Moral Fiction

George Saunders’ first novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo,” follows in the footsteps of “Kindred” and “Cloud Atlas” in attempting to create a new kind of hell for the secular world—and in the process, it shows how fiction can still make a difference in Donald Trump’s America.

In Conversation: Rob Sheffield on The Beatles and Our Cultural Refusal to Let It Be

The longtime “Rolling Stone” critic’s new book examines the Fab Four in a new light.

In Conversation: Hari Kunzru Talks “White Tears,” Cultural Appropriation, and Record Collecting

Some questions are more complicated than they seem.

FLOOD Presents The Year in Art and Culture

Media’s boundaries are more porous than ever, and great artwork abounds. So does weirdness.

A House Divided: How Barry Moser’s “We Were Brothers” Offers a Way Forward After Trump

The author’s reflections on his relationship with his deeply racist brother make an appeal to our common humanity.

“I Built It to Build It”: Mary Oliver’s Habit of Being

With the essay collection “Upstream,” the lauded poet offers a portrait of herself and the world that is no less shrouded in mystery than her best work.

Beyond the Great American Novel: On “The Underground Railroad”

Colson Whitehead’s latest novel brings America’s subterranean history up into the light.

Under The Influence: Jonathan Lethem

The author of “Motherless Brooklyn” and “The Fortress of Solitude” on the inspiration behind his new novel, “A Gambler’s Anatomy.”

FLOOD Book Club, Episode One: A Conversation about Emma Cline’s “The Girls” with Marguerite Moreau

We get cultish with the “Wet Hot American Summer” actor, who played Manson girl Susan Atkins in the 2004 version of “Helter Skelter.”

In Conversation: Author Steve Miller on Where the Juggalos Roam

In his new book “Juggalo,” Steve Miller grapples with what it means to be a fan of the most hated band in the world.

Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn: Emma Straub’s “Modern Lovers”

What happens to cool people when they’re no longer cool? What happens to love in the age of Tinder?

The Championship Cure: Because There’s More to Life Than Winning

Pop cultural reminders that you don’t need a million-karat ring to feel like a million damn bucks.

The Death Cure: A Return to the Days When Killing Your Darlings Was Still a Power Move

Pop cultural deaths that occurred back before death was cool.

Go Your Own Way: Talking Feminist Toons with “Wimmen’s Comix” Founder Trina Robbins

Bringing together the likes of Phoebe Gloeckner, Lynda Barry, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Alison Bechdel, Robbins’ series blazed a trail for female comic artists.

“Not Lenny!”: Lena Dunham Announces Lenny Books, a New Publishing Imprint

The “Girls” showrunning team of Dunham and Jenni Konner are developing their Lenny Letter into a bigger operation.

In Conversation: A. Igoni Barrett Talks “Blackass”

Sometime in 2011, I had a sentence pop into my head: “A young man wakes up on the morning of an important job interview to discover that he’s white.”

George Saunders Writes About Wilco’s “One Sunday Morning”

“It puts me in mind of a group of lifelong pals on a front porch, trying to musically solve some existential problem they can’t quite articulate.”

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