“When Knausgaard looks at a woman, he becomes a man. When Knausgaard looks at heaven, he becomes a person.” Gender, self-creation, and “Norway’s hunkiest narcissist.” | The New Republic
Sherman Alexie on running away, extending the borders of family, and the children’s book that made him into a writer. | NPR
On Don DeLillo’s later fiction, which is “rich, chewy and best consumed in small mouthfuls.” | The Guardian
Sarah Nicole Prickett and Gary Indiana discuss LA’s more glamorous secrets, people who read Atlas Shrugged when they’re twelve, and sexy serial killers. | Bookforum
Yellow is the new black: On the rise of “brighter, bolder” book covers, for which Amazon may be (is probably) to blame. | Wall Street Journal
“[W]here Ulysses swells with linguistic inventiveness and gleeful experimentation, Portrait swells with … well, what? Mood.” Karl Ove Knausgaard recalls first readingA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in honor of its 100th anniversary. | The New York Times
“I knew what it was like to encounter the miniature and wish to have it for yourself.” Kaitlyn Greenidge on diminutive tacos, dollhouses, and desiring the unattainable. | Lenny Letter
“I scanned them really quickly and thought, Holy shit, these are good.” On the discovery of 3 complete short stories by Raymond Carver 10 years after his death. | Esquire Classics
In honor of Short Story Month, stories by Alexandra Kleeman, Lauren Groff, Garth Greenwell, and 14 others. | Huffington Post
When my authentic is your exotic: Sonia Kamal agonizes over whether or not to have a mango in her novel.
Prelude to a friendship: Paul Lisicky remembers the moment he met a lifelong friend.
The anti-HB2 book tour: day one, Garrard Conley and Garth Greenwell read at Scuppernong Books in North Carolina; Garth Greenwell and Garrard Conley continue their North Carolina book tour at Flyleaf Books; and Garth Greenwell and Garrard Conley make their final stop on their anti-HB2 book tour and read at Malaprops Boosktore.
Rufi Thorpe will steal the details of your life and put them into books (even cigarette brands, orgies, and your strong feelings About Boyz II Men).
Guy Gavriel Kay on five books in his life, including Proust who he swears to read soon.
Donald Trump has set fire to America: on Faulkner, white trash, and burning down barns.
Interview with a mad cartoonist: the time I met the great Colonel Baxter.
Over 450 writers have signed an open letter to the American people against Donald Trump.