“The formalist games continue with Sound (Faber & Faber, $18), by the hip-hop fanatic and Yale Law School grad T. M. Wolf, who also has degrees in intellectual history and urban planning. His dizzying interests somehow coalesce in this first novel, with the prose arranged here and there on horizontal lines, like musical notation.”
Calling all Photoshoppers and MS Painters!
(by Judson Frondorf)Our cover remix contest is under way! Join us for a chance to win a copy of Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.
“I think one of the insidious lessons about TV is the meta-lesson that you’re dumb. This is all you can do. This is easy, and you’re the sort of person who really just wants to sit in a chair and have it easy. When in fact there are parts of us, in a way, that are a lot more ambitious than that. And what we need… is seriously engaged art that can teach again that we’re smart. And that’s the stuff that TV and movies — although they’re great at certain things — cannot give us. But that have to create the motivations for us to want to do the extra work, to get those other kinds of art… Which is tricky, because you want to seduce the reader, but you don’t want to pander or manipulate them. I mean, a good book teaches the reader how to read it.”
Today’s theme: diamonds.
- The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
- In the Plex by Steven Levy
- Why I Love Barthes by Alain Robbe-Grillet
- Uncommon Sense by Gary S. Becker and Richard A. Posner
Today’s theme: the ocean.
- The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
- Breath by Tim Winton
- The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- Navigators of the Contemporary by David A. Westbrook
- Displacement by Leslie Harrison
- Aye, And Gomorrah: And Other Stories by Samuel R. Delany
- The Boat by Nam Le
Thessaly La Force visits Leanne Shapton’s studio. You’ve likely seen Shapton’s work before: Paul Murray’s Skippy Dies, her own book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry, or, for the very observant, in Michael Cunningham’s apartment.
There is a documentary about Gerhard Richter painting. It’s called Gerhard Richter Painting. I am very excited about this.