An ambitious study of New York artists, Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City examines a few of the many forms urban loneliness takes.
The thing you want to write, before you wrote it, was impossible to write. Otherwise it would already exist. You writing it makes it possible.
—Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
With summer rapidly approaching, and the last cold spell of spring seemingly past, I wanted to run through the five books I’m most anticipating being released June through September.
If people don’t say what they believe, those ideas and feelings get lost. If they are lost often enough, those ideas and feelings never return.
—David Wojnarowicz, Close the to Knives
Forceful and harrowing, Freshwater follows a young Nigerian girl as she comes of age while contending with multiple personalities and prolonged trauma.
Knowing you are alive is watching on every side your generation’s short time falling away as fast as rivers drop through air, and feeling it hit
—Annie Dillard, An American Childhood
This month I uprooted my life for the first time this year and moved cities, leaving me with little time to read or blog.