For Electric Literature, noting that character shrugs and smiles are usually crutches in fiction, Matt Bell analyzes Cormac McCarthy’s use of smiles in Outer Dark, providing “a good reminder that very few rules hold up everywhere, and that great writers are constantly breaking or disregarding the guidelines that get parroted so often in our writing classes.”...more
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“What I hope, eventually, is that I can get to a situation where I’m spending most of my work time on the projects I care most about—the stories, the novels, the screen work, the essays—and carve out more time for reading and for doing things that aren’t work.
Austin folks, if you need to take a breather from politics, come to Bookpeople this Saturday for a Matt Bell reading!
Bell, whose novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods thrilled and chilled us, will be in conversation with Callie Collins, whom you’ll remember from her recent stellar Rumpus essay “I’ll Not Yield At This Time.”
Event details here!...more
Werner Herzog explained that what Kinski saw as sensuality in the jungle (during the filming of Fitzcarraldo), Herzog thought of as “overwhelming and collective murder.” We begin In the House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods in Kinski’s jungle, large and imaginary enough to accommodate a couple’s dream to start a family....more
Cataclysm Baby, a short story collection by Matt Bell, explores fatherhood under the guise of a book of baby names. The innocent abecedary form belies the book’s dark contents....more
“How much sacrifice is required of a parent? When is it admissible to love yourself more than your child, or in another way, to fear your own death more than the death of your child? Bell doesn’t propose answers, but instead begs us to consider that a real question exists here.”...more
“Domina, Doreen, Dorma,” published in Everyday Genius, was the first of the stories which make up Cataclysm Baby to surface. Since then, what eventually became a novella puzzled itself out in similarly titled work...more
Warmed and Bound, an anthology of neo-noir fiction, offers 38 dark and beautiful stories from Matt Bell, Blake Butler, and others....more
“As soon as the wolf forced himself inside her, she sprung her trap, showing him that she too knew what it meant to consume someone whole.”...more
This week in New York Diane Williams, Rebecca Curtis and Joshua Cohen read at The Bastille Day Soirée, Chuck Klosterman is back Eating Dinosaurs, Candance Bushnell embodies Carrie and takes us back to college, Christopher Finch tells us about Chuck Close’s Life, David Mitchell Reads, Soda Pop hosts a reading series, Williamsburg promotes Martial Arts, Crash Mansion begs us to black out for a $5 open bar, and The Kids are All Right....more