Diana Cowper plans her own funeral, then ends up strangled in her apartment the same afternoon. Thus begins this ingenious meta-mystery, a twisty labyrinth of whodunits that brilliantly blurs the line between fiction and reality as the author himself is drawn into the plot which he cannot control. Clever, witty, irresistible fun.
This collection cements McGuane's reputation as a keen writer of underexplored territories. Masculinity is much on his mind, but he’s not much for machismo. A stellar writer on the outdoors, he's equally adept at portraying the interior wildernesses of characters that fail to connect within complex webs of pathos and humor on America's outskirts.
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib writes elegies and blessings for reality as we live it, flawed but beautiful, pop-culture landmarks mingling with moments of otherworldy sorrow and joy. This spoken word master comes off the page as strong as he does off the stage, weaving expansive, lyrical miracles of music, image, and word. A welcome voice in poetry.
Among writers, John McPhee is in a class all his own. Lucky for aspiring writers, McPhee is teaching a masterclass in writing creative nonfiction in this collection of craft essays originally published in The New Yorker. If you want to learn from the master, read this book. (Then read all his other books.)
Claveloux's boldly imagined comics open up electrifying dreamworlds of unparalleled strangeness and beauty.The New York Review of Comics reissue of her stories is a hallucinatory experience, perfect for fans of David Lynch, Robert Crumb, french surrealism, acid trips, or Heavy Metal (magazine).
Cunningham has reimagined some classic tales, fleshing them out to provide the bits that never were told - humor and compassion which bring the tales to life like never before. Brilliantly illustrated by Yuko Shimizu. Fairy tales for our times.
At it's most useful, science fiction and fantasy points to and expands on some new or problematic aspect of contemporary society. And few writers bring the issues and concerns of the real world into their imagined worlds as deftly as Liu, whose stories return ever again to the ideas around heritage, identity, personhood, and family. A unique talent.
Hayes' poetic voice is a vital part of my poetry intake. Meaning-making, music-making, whatever poetry is, whatever happens to make a collection of words glimmer from the page to detonate in the mind...Hayes does this repeatedly. A new collection from Hayes is the perfect jump-start for readers who need a poetry kick.
McGuane's stories make me think of a Cormac McCarthy tale as directed by Joel and Ethan Coen: a dark comedy of errors, told in stark prose with flawed characters doing what is all too human, if tragic and sometimes fatal. Highly recommended.