#SUMMERSTUFF: A series of lists by Entropy Editors on books, video games, comics, movies, albums, art shows, places, concerts, etc that they are excited about for summer.
My biggest source of enthusiasm this summer is an impending move to Madison, WI. New places are so often dizzying and transforming (see: Janice Lee’s Poetics of Space series); I submit—eager to walk the city, absorbing.
Here are some books I am excited to dig into when I’m there:
Dia Felix, Nochita
Critic Daphne Sidor tells me this is the best book she’s read in a long time. In her review for Lambda Literary, she writes: “this is a weirder and better book than summary and setting can suggest. This novel’s California is unlikely to lure teen dreamers from Michigan; the darkness here is dingy and queasy, not glam and noir. Instead of inspiring wanderlust, it just makes you want to linger inside Felix’s prose. Nochita’s first-person voice succeeds astonishingly well at feeling like a real, live consciousness. We drift with it through just about every kind of event that can happen in a human mind.…”
Kiese Laymon, Long Division
When I read a description of the complex-sounding plot and formal structure of this novel, I was sold. Time travel…novel within a novel…grammar games…bring it on. Alyssa Rosenberg reviewing the book for ThinkProgress: “In addition to being a story about time travel, junior high vocabulary competitions, and the complexities of race in America, [Long Division] is about the literature that’s available to young people, and the extent to which it does or doesn’t speak to their experience.”
Trisha Low, The Compleat Purge
I forgot I’ve been wanting to read this until I stumbled into Ben Fama’s interview with the author for The Believer Logger on Tumblr. Fama describes the book: “A production in three acts, The Compleat Purge is filled with suicide letters to friends, articles of her will as written during various stages of her life, and fantasized rough sexting between Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes and Anthony Rossomando of The Dirty Pretty Things.” YES.
Kate Durbin, E!
Having read some of the pieces in E! in chapbook form, I know with a comforting surety that I will fervently love and admire this book, and have been saving it until I feel deserving of a perfect gift. An excerpt and an interview with Jamie Iredell can be found at Atticus Review.