I know that there are those who would argue that alcoholism is a singularly extreme condition, and I get that, but I’ve always felt clear that there’s a lot of overlap between alcoholism and plain old ordinary humanity....more
Mohsin Hamid discusses his new novel, Exit West, hope in fiction as a form of resistance, the necessity of learning to accept social change, and how much America and Pakistan have come to resemble each other. ...more
Chen Chen discusses his new collection When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, playing the game white supremacy has set up, and if God is trying and failing to be a cool dad. ...more
I think about the birth of Mosley, and all of the dreams I already have for him at the ripe age of one. I know how I want him to see me—strong, smart, capable of anything and everything. This is how I want him to see all women, but me especially....more
Coming from Montreal’s notable music scene, the She-Devils, Audrey Ann Boucher and Kyle Jukka, approach their music-making more as visual artists than songwriters. Boucher draws and paints cartoon-influenced images, including the group’s album art, and Jukka is a “sound sculptor,” molding sonic pieces from samples and loops. Their eponymous debut album She-Devils, now out via Secretly Canadian, was conceived to be “as visual as possible,” and inspired by the cinema and art of Gregg Araki, Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, John Waters, and Quentin Tarantino. (more…)
Tuesday 5/23: Shitty Energies Be Gone: A Chapbook Release Party for What Urge Will Save Us by Alina Pleskova. Featuring: Emma Sanders, Juliana Reyes, Amy Saul-Zerby, Nicole Steinberg, Faye Chevalier, and more. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.
CommonSpace Live: Battlescars Story Slam. 8 p.m. at Fringe Arts.
We’re sending our next Letter for Kids from Rachele Alpine! Rachele writes to us about her love of baseball, books, and especially hockey! And the importance of being yourself because there’s only one YOU!
To make sure this letter reaches your favorite young reader, subscribe by June 1! And through May 25, purchase a yearly Letters for Kids subscription and we’ll send you your own hardcover copy of the nonfiction book Curious Constructions signed by the author Michael Hearst, while supplies last! Already have a subscription? Just extend or convert it to yearly! If you’re a librarian or teacher buying for your classroom, we can postpone the start of your subscription until school reopens in the fall! (more…)
Monday 5/22: Milkweed Editions is celebrating the launch of Dalia Rosenfeld’s debut collection of stories, The Worlds We Think We Know. Enjoy a conversation between Rosenfeld and author Julie Schumacher with a book signing to follow. Open Book, 7 p.m., free but RSVP.
On Thursday night, May 25, an amazing event will take place outside a BART train station in the Mission District of San Francisco, as it has every Thursday night for the past fourteen years.
If you were to pass by, you might not even notice what is taking place. The corner of 16th Street and Mission Boulevard in San Francisco is not a spot you would normally seek out, most likely. Not unless you were out looking to score illicit drugs or sex, or you were on a binge, or perhaps just looking for adventure in low places. You might be there, briefly, if you were leaving the BART on your way to someplace else in the neighborhood, and decided to stop for one of the famous Mission burritos sold in any one of several nearby taquerias. But it’s not a place to hang out. (more…)
Saturday 5/20: Join Chicago historical mystery writers Susanna Calkins, Cheryl Honigford, Michelle Cox, and D.M. Pirrone, as they gather for a lively panel discussion about their work and all things mystery! The Book Cellar, 6 p.m., free.