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August 21, 2017

Book Notes - Jarret Middleton "Darkansas"


In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Lauren Groff, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Jesmyn Ward, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Jarret Middleton's novel Darkansas is a compelling and dark debut.

Kirkus wrote of the book:

"It’s a well-carved story of a family’s curse, as brittle and grotesque as any works in the vein of Faulkner or O’Connor.

A subversive twist on Southern myths that’s surprisingly rich in its execution."

In his own words, here is Jarret Middleton's Book Notes music playlist for his debut novel Darkansas:

1. Tim Barry - "Texas Cops"

Darkansas opens with country musician Jordan Bayne waking up hungover with a black eye and an unnamed girl in his bed, trying his best to recount what happened the night before after his solo acoustic set at a San Antonio dive. He throws some clothes in a bag, leaves the girl, grabs his guitar, and heads back home to the Ozarks for his twin brother's wedding.

Tim Barry is one of my favorite folk-country artists ever. Former front man of legendary punk band, Avail, his solo career is a perfect blend of fiercely independent punk attitude, trains, booze, tragedy, perseverance, middle age, friends, family, and the struggle to be a good man. In a lot of ways, there couldn't be a better fit for the character of Jordan.

2. Leon Payne - "Lost Highway"

Leon Payne is one of those songwriters like Kris Kristoffersen, Roger Miller, or Townes Van Zandt, who wrote dozens of songs made famous by other musicians over the years. Lost Highway is a perfect example. Leon Payne wrote it in 1948 and it has since been covered countless times, most notably by Hank Williams and Bob Dylan. In Darkansas, the patriarch of the family is bluegrass legend, Walker Bayne. When Jordan returns home, he takes a meandering walk through Walker's studio, looking at all of the pictures, records, and memorabilia of his father's storied career. One of the pictures is of Walker with Leon Payne, who's squinting because, in addition to being a genius songwriter, he was also blind.

3. Lucero - "Banks of the Arkansas"

In choosing an appropriate playlist for Darkansas, I wanted the tracks to comprise an equal amount of contemporary tunes and old classics, to account for the generational gap of the two musicians in the family, Jordan and his father, Walker. What better way to represent the new country-folk influence than to go with this classic from Lucero, whose frontman Ben Nichols' is an Arkansas native. This song is fitting for the tone of the book because it is new but sounds like an old traditional. It is also a nod to Jordan's relationship with ex-girlfriend Leah Fayette, who he has known since they were kids. Things ended badly between them and now that he is back in town he has to make amends, which is easier said than done.

4. The Louvin Brothers - "Satan is Real"

Throughout Darkansas, the narrative revisits all the grisly, violent, and bizarre ways that sons have murdered their fathers in the long and twisted history of the Bayne clan. In 1907, Zuriel Bayne becomes a zealot in the Evangelical revival of Charles Parham. When he returns home to find his father ill, he blames his twin brother Jonathan for being a Freemason, which Zuriel considers demonic. He believes his brother unwittingly has invited the devil into their house. From that point on, Zuriel's mental state deteriorates into madness. He believes God has chosen him to release his family from Satan's grasp. Spoiler alert: it does not go well.

5. Cory Brannan - "Survivor Blues"

Jordan Bayne is a convicted felon. In addition to playing dive bars, drinking himself into oblivion, and numerous brushes with the law, he's also a hopeless romantic. Brannan's lyrics are overtly literary and tragic, each one a story in itself. He's a brilliant songwriter, dyed in the same wool as the cast of characters in this book. Guy and girl fall in love, steal a car to get "way the hell away from here." Fleeing a lifetime of betrayal and abuse, they head off together, fully aware that this chapter will probably soon end badly as well. A great star-crossed lovers story song wrapped up by the beautifully brutal chorus line: "They say it makes you stronger, but first you gotta survive / What didn't kill you will make you wish you died."

6. Merle Travis - "I'll See You In My Dreams (Live on Ozark Jubilee)"

"Jubilee U.S.A." was a live music variety show that aired on ABC in the 1950's. Also known as the "Ozark Jubilee," the show aired a showcase of country, bluegrass, and folk artists live from its studios in Springfield, MO. Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Wanda Jackson, The Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, Conway Twitty, and virtually every country star at the time graced it's stage (with the glaring absence of black blues and folk musicians, of course). Carl Perkins made his TV debut on the show. It was eventually overtaken by more popular music variety shows, not least of which was the "Grand Ol' Opry."

The "Ozark Jubilee" was significant for a number of reasons and it figures into the history in Darkansas. On the evening of Malcolm's bachelor party, a drunk Jordan climbs up a fire escape and sneaks inside of the Jewell Theatre, also known as the Landers Theatre, where the show had originally been shot. Jordan reminisces that their father Walker performed live on the show in the early '50s. Also, early on in the novel, when Jordan is shaken up by an off-handed remark about his famous father, Jordan jealously reasons that he could, "Travis pick his way out of a toilet stall faster than Walker ever could."

7. Roscoe Holcomb - "Trouble in Mind"

Roscoe Holcomb is as Kentucky bluegrass as it gets. Trouble In Mind reminds me of that golden age of bluegrass, whether from Kentucky or Arkansas, which the character Walker Bayne plays his fictional part. There are few better practitioners of the banjo than Roscoe Holcomb. His sustained high tenor wail carries like wind through a reed and you can almost imagine it cutting clear and high above the constant chug of a locomotive on the tracks, watching fields and sky pass from one of its boxcars.
A chapter in Darkansas is set in 1936 and recounts Bayne ancestor Casey's robbing of a moonshine still and his war with the avenging gang that follows. There is a chase down a country road in a Ford wagon and a fight at the mouth of a mine. I can hear this song playing as they careen towards tragedy.

8. Henry Thomas - "Arkansas"

Henry Thomas is one of the earliest surviving recordings of black sharecropper blues, alongside Blind Willie McTell, who's up next on the playlist. This version of Arkansas is unique. Similar to many earlier folk traditionals, it is a pastiche of multiple different songs in a new arrangement. This version combines parts of "Let Me Bring My Clothes Back Home," "Trials and Troubles," and "Arkansas." It contains the famous line, "I had my ups and downs through life and bitter times I saw, but I never knew what misery was 'til I hit old Arkansas." There are countless iterations of this song, making it one of the most famous state songs and satire folk songs on record. Thomas' version also contains the part of "Trials and Troubles:" "I'm going to buy 'em all, cigarettes and chewing tobacco when I can, 'cause trials and troubles are heavy for a man." Which you might recognize from its contemporary treatment in a fantastic rendition by Old Crow Medicine Show.

9. Blind Willie McTell - "You Was Born To Die"

Another early blues folk legend. Ghostly, romantic, and straight-forward. It pertains to one of the brothers and the fate that befalls them by the end of the book, but in the interest of avoiding spoilers, I won't say which one. "You made me love you, then you made me cry / you should remember that you were born to die."

10. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - "Strange Things Happening Every Day"

The undisputed godmother of rock n' roll! The queen diva! It is hard to overstate the indelible mark Sister Rosetta Tharpe made on American music. If Chuck Berry was the godfather of rock n' roll, she was the godmother, and still has yet to receive her proper due. A big, proud, beautiful black woman from Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's voice booms with that feel-good, deep-down-in-your-soul gospel that forms the backbone of music in this country. Despite racism, sexism, a slave economy, and a repressive state, her voice rings with the joy of song and the ultimate deliverance of God's love. Until judgment day, though, take it from the master herself, strange things are happening every day. . . .

11. Townes Van Zandt - "The Highway Kind"

Townes is my favorite artist on this list and possibly of all time. There is no more casually genius songwriter that I know of, though a few come close. The tone and lyrics of this song perfectly reflect the years of loneliness and suffering that have come to define Jordan's life. No matter what he has ever done, it has never been the right thing, and it will never be enough. Now Jordan is heading into the jaws of something much bigger than him--something abstract, visceral, and eclipsing in its horror. In the words of Townes: "Follow the circle down, where would you be?"

12. Gillian Welch - "Time (The Revelator)"

Ultimately, Darkansas is about a cyclical murder myth that plagues the Bayne family throughout the ages. For generations nobody was even aware the myth existed, until Jordan comes home for Malcolm's wedding and starts to see clearly for the first time that something is not right with his family. He always thought a dark cloud hung over only him, a black sheep fuck up that can do no good. He starts to understand that something unnamable, old, and evil has infested every generation going back to the Civil War. While he doesn't yet know the purpose, he knows something is amiss, but even still it might be too late. What is revealed, we are powerless to stop. Jordan could act to stop fate from happening, but as the old saying goes, we usually meet our fate on the road we take to avoid it. Perhaps anything Jordan could do to stop the murder from happening is exactly the action that will ensure the murder will occur. Time will reveal all.

13. Slim Cessna's Auto Club - "This Is How We Do Things In The Country"

A ceremonial murder ballad celebrating the surreal, dark secrets, murderous intentions, bloody pasts, insane psyches, old-time religion, snake cults, the devil, and redemption that populates the shadowy world of Slim Cessna's Auto Club and the twisted history of Darkansas. Beware!

Jarret Middleton and Darkansas links:

the author's website

Criminal Element review
Kirkus review
Publishers Weekly review
Shelf Awareness review

The JDO Show interview with the author

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August 5, 2016

Book Notes - Tim Murphy "Christodora"

August 4, 2016

Book Notes - Robin MacArthur "Half Wild"

August 3, 2016

Book Notes - Ali Shaw "The Trees"

Book Notes - David Rivard "Standoff"

August 2, 2016

Book Notes - Roy Scranton "War Porn"

Book Notes - Franz Nicolay "The Humorless Ladies of Border Control"

August 1, 2016

Book Notes - Kodi Scheer "Midair"

Book Notes - Ben Greenman "Emotional Rescue"

July 29, 2016

Book Notes - Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan "Sarong Party Girls"

July 27, 2016

Book Notes - Kelly Schirmann "Popular Music"

Book Notes - Gina Ochsner "The Hidden Letters of Velta B."

July 21, 2016

Book Notes - Martin Seay "The Mirror Thief"

July 20, 2016

Book Notes - Matthew Cheney "Blood"

July 19, 2016

Book Notes - Jenni Fagan "The Sunlight Pilgrims"

Book Notes - Maggie O'Farrell "This Must Be the Place"

July 18, 2016

Book Notes - Josh Fomon "Though We Bled Meticulously"

July 14, 2016

Book Notes - Jennifer Spiegel and Paul Fuhr "Dead Inside"

July 13, 2016

Book Notes - Michael Homolka "Antiquity"

July 12, 2016

Book Notes - Maryse Meijer "Heartbreaker"

Book Notes - Caroline Angell "All the Time in the World"

July 11, 2016

Book Notes - John Domini "Movieola!"

Book Notes - Tara Altebrando "The Leaving"

July 8, 2016

Book Notes - Rikki Ducornet "Brightfellow"

Book Notes - Christopher Hebert "Angels of Detroit"

July 6, 2016

Book Notes - Christopher Bram "The Art of History"

July 5, 2016

Book Notes - Jade Sharma "Problems"

Book Notes - Hannah Pittard "Listen to Me"

July 1, 2016

Book Notes - Daniel Nester "Shader"

June 30, 2016

Book Notes - Ramona Ausubel "Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty"

June 29, 2016

Book Notes - Jeremy P. Bushnell "The Insides"

Book Notes - Anthony Michael Morena "The Voyager Record"

June 28, 2016

Book Notes - Alice Adams "Invincible Summer"

Book Notes - Deborah Shapiro "The Sun in Your Eyes"

June 27, 2016

Book Notes - Robert H. Patton "Cajun Waltz"

Book Notes - Richard Hawley "The Three Lives Of Jonathan Force"

June 23, 2016

Book Notes - Drew Nellins Smith "Arcade"

June 22, 2016

Book Notes - Robin Black "Crash Course"

Book Notes - Monica Drake "The Folly of Loving Life"

June 21, 2016

Book Notes - Flynn Berry "Under the Harrow"

Book Notes - Matthew Norman "We're All Damaged"

June 20, 2016

Book Notes - Anna Noyes "Goodnight, Beautiful Women"

June 17, 2016

Book Notes - Ellen Wayland-Smith "Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table"

June 16, 2016

Book Notes - Lisa Moore "Flannery"

June 15, 2016

Book Notes - Karl Jacoby "The Strange Career of William Ellis"

June 14, 2016

Book Notes - Frederick Reuss "Maisie at 8000 Feet"

Book Notes - Dave Hill "Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

June 13, 2016

Book Notes - Mark Binelli "Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits"

Book Notes - Dave Fromm "The Duration"

June 10, 2016

Book Notes - Laura Ellen Scott "The Juliet"

June 9, 2016

Book Notes - Troy James Weaver "Marigold"

June 8, 2016

Book Notes - Chris McCormick "Desert Boys"

Book Notes - Michael Landweber "Thursday, 1:17 p.m."

June 7, 2016

Book Notes - Alexis M. Smith "Marrow Island"

Book Notes - Daniel Saldaña París "Among Strange Victims"

June 6, 2016

Book Notes - Max Porter "Grief Is the Thing with Feathers"

Book Notes - Katie Chase "Man & Wife"

June 3, 2016

Book Notes - Garrard Conley "Boy Erased"

June 2, 2016

Book Notes - Jean Thompson "She Poured Out Her Heart"

June 1, 2016

Book Notes - Juliet Escoria "Witch Hunt"

Book Notes - Gretchen Marquette "May Day"

May 31, 2016

Book Notes - Claudia Casper "The Mercy Journals"

Book Notes - Nick Seeley "Cambodia Noir"

May 27, 2016

Book Notes - Hirsh Sawhney "South Haven"

May 26, 2016

Book Notes - Juan Gómez Bárcena "The Sky Over Lima"

May 25, 2016

Book Notes - Jensen Beach "Swallowed by the Cold"

Book Notes - Sean Carswell "The Metaphysical Ukulele"

May 24, 2016

Book Notes - Manuel Gonzales "The Regional Office is Under Attack!"

Book Notes - Lindsay Tigue "System of Ghosts"

May 23, 2016

Book Notes - Melissa Broder "So Sad Today"

Book Notes - Jillian Keenan "Sex with Shakespeare"

Book Notes - Scott Esposito "The Surrender"

May 20, 2016

Movie Notes - Nicholas Rombes "The Removals"

May 19, 2016

Book Notes - Buzz Poole "Grateful Dead's Workingman's Dead"

May 18, 2016

Book Notes - Lauren Belfer "And After the Fire"

Book Notes - Matthew Binder "High in the Streets"

May 17, 2016

Book Notes - Robin Wasserman "Girls on Fire"

Book Notes - Angela Woodward "Natural Wonders"

May 16, 2016

Book Notes - Laura Barnett "The Versions of Us"

Book Notes - Paula Whyman "You May See a Stranger"

May 13, 2016

Book Notes - M. Thomas Gammarino "King of the Worlds"

May 12, 2016

Book Notes - Camille Perri "The Assistants"

May 11, 2016

Book Notes - Matthew Neill Null "Allegheny Front"

Book Notes - Michelle Latiolais "She"

May 10, 2016

Book Notes - Lynn Steger Strong "Hold Still"

Book Notes - "Watchlist"

May 9, 2016

Book Notes - Benjamin Wood "The Ecliptic"

Book Notes - Linda Kass "Tasa's Song"

May 6, 2016

Book Notes - Geoff Dyer "White Sands"

May 5, 2016

Book Notes - Dylan Hicks "Amateurs"

May 4, 2016

Book Notes - Raja Alem "The Dove's Necklace"

Book Notes - Amanda Nadelberg "Songs from a Mountain"

May 3, 2016

Book Notes - Patricia Engel "The Veins of the Ocean"

Book Notes - Anna Smaill "The Chimes"

Book Notes - Alyson Foster "Heart Attack Watch"

May 2, 2016

Book Notes - Lydia Millet "Sweet Lamb of Heaven"

Book Notes - Amy Parker "Beasts and Children"

April 29, 2016

Book Notes - Molly Prentiss "Tuesday Nights in 1980"

April 28, 2016

Book Notes - Colleen M. Story "Loreena's Gift"

April 27, 2016

Book Notes - Brian Blanchfield "Proxies"

April 26, 2016

Book Notes - Shawn Vestal "Daredevils"

Book Notes - Nick Soulsby "Cobain on Cobain: Interviews and Encounters"

April 25, 2016

Book Notes - Justin Tussing "Vexation Lullaby"

Book Notes - Christine Reilly "Sunday's on the Phone to Monday"

April 22, 2016

Book Notes - Domnica Radulescu "Country of Red Azaleas"

April 21, 2016

Book Notes - Jeff Zentner "The Serpent King"

April 20, 2016

Book Notes - Dominic Smith "The Last Painting of Sara de Vos"

Book Notes - Alex Segura "Down the Darkest Street"

April 19, 2016

Book Notes - Jonathan Levi "Septimania"

Book Notes - Curtis Smith "Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five: Bookmarked"

April 18, 2016

Book Notes - Michelle de Kretser "Springtime"

April 15, 2016

Book Notes - Melissa Ginsburg "Sunset City"

April 14, 2016

Book Notes - Greg Vandy "26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest"

April 13, 2016

Book Notes - Leah Umansky "Straight Away the Emptied World"

April 12, 2016

Book Notes - Joni Murphy "Double Teenage"

Book Notes - Amelia Martens "The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat"

April 11, 2016

Book Notes - Augusten Burroughs "Lust & Wonder"

Book Notes - Virginia Reeves "Work Like Any Other"

April 8, 2016

Book Notes - Jordan Zandi "Solarium"

April 7, 2016

Book Notes - Charles Bock "Alice & Oliver"

April 6, 2016

Book Notes - Stephen O'Connor "Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings"

April 5, 2016

Book Notes - David Unger "The Mastermind"

Book Notes - Mark Beaver "Suburban Gospel"

April 4, 2016

Book Notes - Cote Smith "Hurt People"

Book Notes - Barney Hoskyns "Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock"

March 31, 2016

Book Notes - Rob Spillman "All Tomorrow's Parties"

March 30, 2016

Book Notes - Chris Bachelder and Matt Weiland "The Throwback Special"

Book Notes - Mona Awad "13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl"

March 29, 2016

Book Notes - Kelly Kerney "Hard Red Spring"

March 28, 2016

Book Notes - Mark de Silva "Square Wave"

Book Notes - Ashley Warlick "The Arrangement"

March 25, 2016

Book Notes - John Koethe "The Swimmer"

March 24, 2016

Book Notes - Matt Gallagher "Youngblood"

March 23, 2016

Book Notes - Jack Pendarvis "Movie Stars"

March 22, 2016

Book Notes - Githa Hariharan "Almost Home"

Book Notes - Tash Aw "The Face: Strangers on a Pier"

March 21, 2016

Book Notes - John Jodzio "Knockout"

Book Notes - Andrew F. Sullivan "Waste"

March 18, 2016

Book Notes - Hannah Tennant-Moore "Wreck and Order"

March 17, 2016

Book Notes - Carlos Velázquez "The Cowboy Bible"

March 16, 2016

Book Notes - Jane Mendelsohn "Burning Down the House"

Book Notes - Andromeda Romano-Lax "Behave"

March 15, 2016

Book Notes - Danielle Dutton "Margaret the First"

Book Notes - John D'Agata "The Making of the American Essay"

March 14, 2016

Book Notes - David Hopson "All the Lasting Things"

Book Notes - Joe Wilkins "When We Were Birds"

March 11, 2016

Book Notes - Mark L. Tompkins "The Last Days of Magic"

March 10, 2016

Book Notes - Garfield Ellis "The Angels' Share"

March 9, 2016

Book Notes - Suzanne Berne "The Dogs of Littlefield"

Book Notes - "Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose"

March 8, 2016

Book Notes - Sara Baume "Spill Simmer Falter Wither"

Book Notes - Jonathan Lee "High Dive"

March 7, 2016

Book Notes - Andy Mozina "Contrary Motion"

Book Notes - Nathan Larson "Stockholm Noir"

March 4, 2016

Book Notes - Sean Beaudoin "Welcome Thieves"

March 3, 2016

Book Notes - A. Igoni Barrett "Blackass"

March 2, 2016

Book Notes - Beth Hahn "The Singing Bone"

March 1, 2016

Book Notes - Michelle Hoover "Bottomland"

Book Notes - Julie Smith "New Orleans Noir: The Classics"

February 29, 2016

Book Notes - Álvaro Enrigue "Sudden Death"

Book Notes - Taylor Brown "Fallen Land"

February 26, 2016

Book Notes - Belinda McKeon "Tender"

Book Notes - Gregory Howard "Hospice"

February 25, 2016

Book Notes - Keith Lee Morris "Travelers Rest"

February 24, 2016

Book Notes - J. J. Anselmi "Heavy"

February 23, 2016

Book Notes - Shawna Yang Ryan "Green Island"

Book Notes - Ian Brennan "How Music Dies (or Lives)"

February 22, 2016

Book Notes - Idra Novey "Ways to Disappear"

February 19, 2016

Book Notes - Mo Daviau "Every Anxious Wave"

February 18, 2016

Book Notes - Patrick Dacey "We've Already Gone This Far"

February 17, 2016

Book Notes - Matthew Griffin "Hide"

February 16, 2016

Book Notes - Kristopher Jansma "Why We Came to the City"

Book Notes - Matt Rodbard "Koreatown"

February 15, 2016

Book Notes - Terese Svoboda "Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet"

Book Notes - Kevin Hardcastle "Debris"

February 12, 2016

Book Notes - Kathy Page "Frankie Styne and the Silver Man"

February 11, 2016

Book Notes - Jarett Kobek "I Hate the Internet"

February 10, 2016

Book Notes - Tony Tulathimutte "Private Citizens"

February 9, 2016

Book Notes - Amy Gustine "You Should Pity Us Instead"

Book Notes - Rob Roberge "Liar"

February 8, 2016

Book Notes - Paul Goldberg "The Yid"

Book Notes - Ada Calhoun "St. Marks Is Dead"

February 5, 2016

Book Notes - Kathleen Spivack "Unspeakable Things"

February 4, 2016

Book Notes - B.J. Hollars "This Is Only a Test"

February 3, 2016

Book Notes - Paula Bohince "Swallows and Waves"

February 2, 2016

Book Notes - Paul Lisicky "The Narrow Door"

Book Notes - Richard Fifield "The Flood Girls"

February 1, 2016

Book Notes - Ryan Gattis "All Involved"

Book Notes - Genanne Walsh "Twister"

January 29, 2016

Book Notes - Aaron Gilbreath "This Is: Essays on Jazz"

January 28, 2016

Book Notes - Ed Tarkington "Only Love Can Break Your Heart"

January 27, 2016

Book Notes - Rachel Cantor "Good on Paper"

Book Notes - Amber Sparks "The Unfinished World"

January 26, 2016

Book Notes - Diane Williams "Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine, Fine"

Book Notes - W.B. Belcher "Lay Down Your Weary Tune"

January 25, 2016

Book Notes - Jeff Wood "The Glacier"

January 22, 2016

Book Notes - Bud Smith "F 250"

January 21, 2016

Book Notes - Stuart Evers "Your Father Sends His Love"

January 20, 2016

Book Notes - Garth Greenwell "What Belongs to You"

Book Notes - Berit Ellingsen "Not Dark Yet"

January 19, 2016

Book Notes - Elizabeth Mckenzie "The Portable Veblen"

Book Notes - Troy James Weaver "Witchita Stories"

January 14, 2016

Book Notes - Omar Musa "Here Come the Dogs"

Book Notes - Jón Gnarr "The Pirate"

January 12, 2016

Book Notes - Mira Ptacin "Poor Your Soul"

January 11, 2016

Book Notes - John Samuel "What I Tell You In the Dark"

January 6, 2016

Book Notes - Samantha Hunt "Mr. Splitfoot"

January 5, 2016

Book Notes - Christopher Castellani "The Art of Perspective"

January 4, 2016

Book Notes - Deanna Fei "Girl in Glass"

December 18, 2015

Book Notes - John McManus "Fox Tooth Heart"

December 16, 2015

Book Notes - Noy Holland "Bird"

December 15, 2015

Book Notes - Tom Piazza "A Free State"

December 9, 2015

Book Notes - Marc Weingarten "Thirsty"

December 8, 2015

Book Notes - Leena Krohn "Collected Fiction"

December 3, 2015

Book Notes - Kathy Flann "Get a Grip"

December 2, 2015

Book Notes - Molly Crabapple "Drawing Blood"

December 1, 2015

Book Notes - Dana Chamblee Carpenter "Bohemian Gospel"

November 30, 2015

Book Notes - Audrey Niffenegger "Ghostly"

Book Notes - Russell Quinn "The Pickle Index"

November 24, 2015

Book Notes - Ryan Britt "Luke Skywalker Can't Read"

November 23, 2015

Book Notes - Jillian Cantor "The Hours Count"

Book Notes - James Tate Hill "Academy Gothic"

November 20, 2015

Book Notes - Jennifer Miller "The Heart You Carry Home"

November 19, 2015

Book Notes - Joseph Skibell "My Father's Guitar and Other Imaginary Things"

November 18, 2015

Book Notes - Chrissy Kolaya "Charmed Particles"

November 17, 2015

Book Notes - Margaret Malone "People Like You"

November 16, 2015

Book Notes - Matthew Gavin Frank "The Mad Feast"

Book Notes - Summer Brennan "The Oyster War"

November 13, 2015

Book Notes - Dave Reidy "The Voiceover Artist"

November 12, 2015

Book Notes - Toni Sala "The Boys"

November 11, 2015

Book Notes - George Singleton "Calloustown"

November 10, 2015

Book Notes - Scott Nadelson "Between You and Me"

Book Notes - Tod Davies "The Lizard Princess"

November 9, 2015

Book Notes - Selah Saterstrom "Slab"

Book Notes - Marcela Sulak and Jacqueline Kolosov "Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres"

November 6, 2015

Book Notes - Freda Love Smith "Red Velvet Underground"

November 5, 2015

Book Notes - Andrew DeGraff "Plotted: A Literary Atlas"

November 4, 2015

Book Notes - Steve Knopper "MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson"

November 3, 2015

Book Notes - Bruce Bauman "Broken Sleep"

November 2, 2015

Book Notes - Sloane Crosley "The Clasp"

Book Notes - Marcus O'Dair "Different Every Time: The Authorized Biography of Robert Wyatt"

October 30, 2015

Book Notes - Laurie Foos "The Blue Girl"

October 29, 2015

Book Notes - William Rook "Equinox Society"

October 28, 2015

Book Notes - Kate Gavino "Last Night's Reading"

October 27, 2015

Book Notes - Jessa Crispin "The Dead Ladies Project"

October 26, 2015

Book Notes - Nikesh Shukla "Meatspace"

Book Notes - Matthew Vollmer "Gateway to Paradise"

October 23, 2015

Book Notes - Aidan Levy "Dirty Blvd.: The Life and Music of Lou Reed"

October 22, 2015

Book Notes - David Winner "Tyler's Last"

October 21, 2015

Book Notes - Vanessa Blakeslee "Juventud"

Book Notes - Barry Moser "We Were Brothers"

October 20, 2015

Book Notes - Yvonne Prinz "If You're Lucky"

October 19, 2015

Book Notes - Richard Grant "Dispatches from Pluto: Lost and Found in the Mississippi Delta"

Book Notes - Michael Ruhlman "In Short Measures"

October 16, 2015

Book Notes - Garth Risk Hallberg "City on Fire"

October 15, 2015

Book Notes - Michael J. Seidlinger "The Strangest"

October 14, 2015

Book Notes - Gavin McCrea "Mrs. Engels"

October 13, 2015

Book Notes - David Hinton "I Ching"

Book Notes - Alex Flynn "The Misshapes: Annihilation Day"

October 12, 2015

Book Notes - Lincoln Michel "Upright Beasts"

Book Notes - Scott Blackwood "See How Small"

October 9, 2015

Book Notes - Anthony Marra "The Tsar of Love and Techno"

Book Notes - Patrick Wensink "Fake Fruit Factory"

October 8, 2015

Book Notes - Bonnie Jo Campbell "Mothers, Tell Your Daughters"

October 7, 2015

Book Notes - Diane Cook "Man V. Nature"

October 6, 2015

Book Notes - Zachary Thomas Dodson "Bats of the Republic"

October 5, 2015

Book Notes - Lori Ostlund "After the Parade"

October 2, 2015

Book Notes - David Menconi "Comin' Right at Ya"

October 1, 2015

Book Notes - Debra Monroe "My Unsentimental Education"

September 30, 2015

Book Notes - Lenore Myka "King of the Gypsies"

September 29, 2015

Book Notes - William Boyd "Sweet Caress"

September 28, 2015

Book Notes - Matt Bell "Scrapper"

Book Notes - Nina de Gramont "The Last September"

September 25, 2015

Book Notes - Samuel Sattin "The Silent End"

Book Notes - Mairead Case "See You In the Morning"

September 24, 2015

Book Notes - Joshua Clover, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr (Commune Editions)

September 23, 2015

Book Notes - Andrew Malan Milward "I Was a Revolutionary"

September 22, 2015

Book Notes - Daniel Makagon "Underground: The Subterranean Culture of Punk House Shows"

September 21, 2015

Book Notes - Carmiel Banasky "The Suicide of Claire Bishop"

Book Notes - Elise Blackwell "The Lower Quarter"

September 18, 2015

Book Notes - Steve Toltz "Quicksand"

September 16, 2015

Book Notes - H. S. Cross "Wilberforce"

September 15, 2015

Book Notes - Robert Kloss "The Revelator"

Book Notes - Sandra Beasley "Count the Waves"

September 14, 2015

Book Notes - Padgett Powell "Cries for Help, Various"

Book Notes - Bryan Hurt "Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France"

September 11, 2015

Book Notes - Andrew Wilson "Alexander McQueen: Blood Beneath the Skin"

Book Notes - Aspen Matis "Girl in the Woods"

Book Notes - Margaret Eby "South Toward Home"

September 9, 2015

Book Notes - Lauren Groff "Fates and Furies"

September 8, 2015

Book Notes - Joe Meno "Marvel and a Wonder"

September 3, 2015

Book Notes - Matthew Salesses "The Hundred-Year Flood"

September 2, 2015

Book Notes - Sara Jaffe "Dryland"

September 1, 2015

Book Notes - Colin Channer "Providential"

Book Notes - Amy Stewart "Girl Waits with Gun"

August 31, 2015

Book Notes - Joe Meno "Chicago Noir: The Classics"

Book Notes - Rosie Forrest "Ghost Box Evolution in Cadillac, Michigan"

August 28, 2015

Book Notes - Michael Dirda "Browsings"

August 27, 2015

Book Notes - Cara Nicoletti "Voracious"

August 26, 2015

Book Notes - Robert Goolrick "The Fall of Princes"

August 25, 2015

Book Notes - Brandon Hobson "Desolation of Avenues Untold"

Book Notes - Jamie Iredell "Last Mass"

August 24, 2015

Book Notes - Anna Badkhen "Walking with Abel"

Book Notes - Russell Smith "Confidence"

August 21, 2015

Book Notes - Tanwi Nandini Islam "Bright Lines"

August 20, 2015

Book Notes - Rajia Hassib "In the Language of Miracles"

August 19, 2015

Book Notes - Val Brelinski "The Girl Who Slept with God"

August 18, 2015

Book Notes - Ottessa Moshfegh "Eileen"

Book Notes - Susan Barker "The Incarnations"

August 17, 2015

Book Notes - Myriam Gurba "Painting Their Portraits in Winter"

August 13, 2015

Book Notes - Ben Brooks "Lolito"

August 12, 2015

Book Notes - Helen Phillips "The Beautiful Bureaucrat"

August 11, 2015

Book Notes - Wendy S. Walters "Multiply/Divide"

Book Notes - Stephen Witt "How Music Got Free"

August 10, 2015

Book Notes - Jessamyn Hope "Safekeeping"

Book Notes - Greg Shemkovitz "Lot Boy"

August 7, 2015

Book Notes - Jesse Browner "How Did I Get Here?"

August 6, 2015

Book Notes - Dean Bakopoulos "Summerlong"

August 5, 2015

Book Notes - Jesse Ball "A Cure for Suicide"

August 4, 2015

Book Notes - Gabriel Urza "All That Followed"

Book Notes - Jonathan Weisman "No. 4 Imperial Lane"

August 3, 2015

Book Notes - Vu Tran "Dragonfish"

Book Notes - Chad Kultgen "Strange Animals"

July 31, 2015

Book Notes - Deborah Reed "Olivay"

July 30, 2015

Book Notes - Jordan Harper "Love and Other Wounds"

July 29, 2015

Book Notes - Kent Wascom "Secessia"

July 28, 2015

Book Notes - Christy Wampole "The Other Serious"

July 27, 2015

Book Notes - Emily Mitchell "Viral"

Book Notes - Sophie McManus "The Unfortunates"

July 24, 2015

Book Notes - Annie Liontas "Let Me Explain You"

July 23, 2015

Book Notes - Kate Schatz "Rad American Women A-Z"

July 22, 2015

Book Notes - Dale Marlowe "Digging Up The Bones"

July 21, 2015

Book Notes - Jill Talbot "The Way We Weren't"

Book Notes - Polly Samson "The Kindness"

July 20, 2015

Book Notes - Louisa Hall "Speak"

Book Notes - Lisa Unger "Crazy Love You"

July 17, 2015

Book Notes - Karim Dimechkie "Lifted by the Great Nothing"

July 16, 2015

Book Notes - Tracy O'Neill "The Hopeful"

July 15, 2015

Book Notes - Liana Maeby "South on Highland"

July 14, 2015

Book Notes - Maggie Mitchell "Pretty Is"

Book Notes - Ann Hood "Providence Noir"

July 13, 2015

Book Notes - Julia Pierpont "Among the Ten Thousand Things"

Book Notes - Carolina De Robertis "The Gods of Tango"

July 10, 2015

Book Notes - Patrick O'Neil "Gun, Needle, Spoon"

July 9, 2015

Book Notes - Karolina Waclawiak "The Invaders"

July 8, 2015

Book Notes - Kris Dinnison "You and Me and Him"

Book Notes - Brian Panowich "Bull Mountain"

July 6, 2015

Book Notes - Quintan Ana Wikswo "The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far"

Book Notes - Maria Dahvana Headley "Magonia"

July 3, 2015

Book Notes - Sarah McCoy "The Mapmaker's Children"

July 2, 2015

Book Notes - Rebecca Makkai "Music for Wartime"

July 1, 2015

Book Notes - Joshua Mehigan "Accepting the Disaster"

June 30, 2015

Book Notes - Bill Hillmann "Mozos"

June 29, 2015

Book Notes - Wendy C. Ortiz "Hollywood Notebook"

Book Notes - Jonathan Papernick "The Book of Stone"

June 26, 2015

Book Notes - Laura Dave "Eight Hundred Grapes"

Book Notes - Christian McEwen "Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews"

June 24, 2015

Book Notes - Jonathan Galassi "Muse"

June 22, 2015

Book Notes - Ben Tanzer "The New York Stories"

Book Notes - Ethan Nichtern "The Road Home"

June 19, 2015

Book Notes - Jillian Lauren "Everything You Ever Wanted"

June 18, 2015

Book Notes - Jesse Goolsby "I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them"

June 17, 2015

Book Notes - Ayize Jama-Everett "The Liminal War"

June 16, 2015

Book Notes - Etgar Keret "The Seven Good Years"

June 15, 2015

Book Notes - Christian Kiefer "The Animals"

Book Notes - David Browne "So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead"

June 12, 2015

Book Notes - Christine Sneed "Paris, He Said"

June 11, 2015

Book Notes - Aleksandar Hemon "The Making of Zombie Wars Wine"

June 10, 2015

Book Notes - Tod Wodicka "The Household Spirit"

June 9, 2015

Book Notes - Katherine Taylor "Valley Fever"

June 8, 2015

Book Notes - Lucas Mann "Lord Fear"

Book Notes - DW Gibson "The Edge Becomes the Center"

June 5, 2015

Book Notes - Joshua Braff "The Daddy Diaries"

June 4, 2015

Book Notes - Lisa Glatt "The Nakeds"

June 3, 2015

Book Notes - Paul Tremblay "A Head Full of Ghosts"

June 2, 2015

Book Notes - Colin Winnette "Haints Stay"

June 1, 2015

Book Notes - Michelle Tea "Girl at the Bottom of the Sea"

Book Notes - Sean Egan "Bowie on Bowie"

May 29, 2015

Book Notes - Kate Lebo "Pie School: Lessons in Fruit, Flour & Butter"

May 28, 2015

Book Notes - Kathleen Ossip "The Do-Over"

May 27, 2015

Book Notes - Gallagher Lawson "The Paper Man"

May 26, 2015

Book Notes - Litsa Dremousis "Altitude Sickness"

May 25, 2015

Book Notes - Gregory Crosby "Spooky Action at a Distance"

May 22, 2015

Book Notes - Andrew Ervin & Steph Opitz "Burning Down George Orwell's House"

May 21, 2015

Book Notes - Margaret Lazarus Dean "Leaving Orbit"

May 20, 2015

Book Notes - Anna North "The Life and Death of Sophie Stark"

May 19, 2015

Book Notes - Kirsty Logan "The Gracekeepers"

May 18, 2015

Book Notes - Catie Disabato "The Ghost Network"

Book Notes - Neil Smith "Boo"

May 15, 2015

Book Notes - Laline Paull "The Bees"

May 14, 2015

Book Notes - Ben Snakepit "Snake Pit Gets Old"

May 13, 2015

Book Notes - Shya Scanlon "The Guild of Saint Cooper"

May 12, 2015

Book Notes - Sara Nović "Girl at War"

May 11, 2015

Book Notes - Lauren Acampora "The Wonder Garden"

Book Notes - Casey Gray "Discount"

May 8, 2015

Book Notes - Jaime Clarke "World Gone Water"

May 7, 2015

Book Notes - Chris Cander "Whisper Hollow"

May 6, 2015

Book Notes - Leslie Parry "Church of Marvels"

May 4, 2015

Book Notes - Nina MacLaughlin "Hammer Head"

Book Notes - Tim A. Ryan "Yoknapatawpha Blues: Faulkner's Fiction and Southern Roots Music"

May 1, 2015

Book Notes - Sebastian Barry "The Temporary Gentleman"

April 30, 2015

Book Notes - Mallory Kasdan "Ella"

April 28, 2015

Book Notes - Christie Watson "Where Women are Kings"

April 27, 2015

Book Notes - Hermione Eyre "Viper Wine"

Book Notes - Ryan Chapman "Conversation Sparks"

April 24, 2015

Book Notes - Aline Ohanesian "Orhan's Inheritance"

April 23, 2015

Book Notes - Matt Sumell "Making Nice"

April 22, 2015

Book Notes - Emily Schultz "The Blondes"

April 21, 2015

Book Notes - Andrew Roe "The Miracle Girl"

April 20, 2015

Book Notes - Jeffrey Rotter "The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering"

Book Notes - Nick Courage "The Loudness"

April 17, 2015

Book Notes - Sassafras Lowrey "Lost Boi"

April 16, 2015

Book Notes - Marian Palaia "The Given World"

April 15, 2015

Book Notes - Janaka Stucky "The Truth Is We Are Perfect"

April 14, 2015

Book Notes - Andre Alexis "Fifteen Dogs"

April 13, 2015

Book Notes - Sarah Layden "Trip Through Your Wires"

Book Notes - Lindsey Palmer "If We Lived Here"

April 10, 2015

Book Notes - Kent Russell "I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son"

April 9, 2015

Book Notes - J.C. Hallman "B & Me"

April 8, 2015

Book Notes - Lily Brooks-Dalton "Motorcycles I've Loved"

April 7, 2015

Book Notes - Lizzie Skurnick "That Should Be a Word"

April 6, 2015

Book Notes - James Hannaham "Delicious Foods"

Book Notes - David Kishik "The Manhattan Project: A Theory of a City"

April 3, 2015

Book Notes - Jim Ruland "Forest of Fortune"

Book Notes - Alice B. Fogel "Interval: Poems Based On Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'"

April 2, 2015

Book Notes - Edward White "The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America"

March 31, 2015

Book Notes - T.C. Boyle "The Harder They Come"

March 30, 2015

Book Notes - Dale Herd "Empty Pockets"

Book Notes - Todd Hasak-Lowy "Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You"

March 27, 2015

Book Notes - Skip Horack "The Other Joseph"

Book Notes - Rebecca Scherm "Unbecoming"

March 26, 2015

Book Notes - Carola Dibbell "The Only Ones"

March 25, 2015

Book Notes - John Renehan "The Valley"

March 24, 2015

Book Notes - Nicole Haroutunian "Speed Dreaming"

March 23, 2015

Book Notes - William Boyle "Death Don't Have No Mercy"

March 20, 2015

Book Notes - James Grissom "Follies of God: Tennessee Williams and the Women of the Fog"

March 19, 2015

Book Notes - Mark Kurlansky "City Beasts"

March 18, 2015

Book Notes - Claire Fuller "Our Endless Numbered Days"

March 17, 2015

Book Notes - Alan Cheuse "Prayers for the Living"

March 16, 2015

Book Notes - Tania James "The Tusk That Did the Damage"

Book Notes - Roger White "The Contemporaries: Travels in the 21st-Century Art World"

March 13, 2015

Book Notes - Eddie Joyce "Small Mercies"

March 12, 2015

Book Notes - Richard Lange "Sweet Nothing"

March 11, 2015

Book Notes - Jeremy Hawkins "The Last Days of Video"

Book Notes - Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross "In the Circus of You"

March 9, 2015

Book Notes - Quan Barry "She Weeps Each Time You're Born" and "Loose Strife"

Book Notes - David Arnold "Mosquitoland"

March 6, 2015

Book Notes - Lynn Sloan "Principles of Navigation"

March 5, 2015

Book Notes - Timothy S. Lane "Rules for Becoming a Legend"

March 4, 2015

Book Notes - Kevin Brockmeier "A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip"

March 3, 2015

Book Notes - David Joy "Where All Light Tends to Go"

March 2, 2015

Book Notes - Elliot Ackerman "Green on Blue"

Book Notes - Megan Kruse "Call Me Home"

February 27, 2015

Book Notes - Nick Jaina "Get It While You Can "

February 26, 2015

Book Notes - Peter Richardson "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead"

February 25, 2015

Book Notes - Matt Burriesci "Nonprofit"

February 24, 2015

Book Notes - Reif Larsen "I Am Radar"

February 23, 2015

Book Notes - Jynne Dilling Martin "We Mammals in Hospitable Times"

Book Notes - Alexandra Fuller "Leaving Before the Rains Come"

February 20, 2015

Book Notes - Stephanie Kegan "Golden State"

February 19, 2015

Book Notes - Steph Post "A Tree Born Crooked"

February 18, 2015

Book Notes - Laura van den Berg "Find Me"

February 17, 2015

Book Notes - Monica Byrne "The Girl in the Road"

February 16, 2015

Book Notes - John Benditt "The Boatmaker"

Book Notes - Kyle Boelte "The Beautiful Unseen"

February 13, 2015

Book Notes - Ted Gioia "Love Songs: The Hidden History"

Book Notes - Sandra Newman "The Country of Ice Cream Star"

February 12, 2015

Book Notes - M.O. Walsh "My Sunshine Away"

Book Notes - Seth Greenland "I Regret Everything"

February 11, 2015

Book Notes - Kelly Link "Get in Trouble"

February 10, 2015

Book Notes - Tatjana Soli "The Last Good Paradise"

February 6, 2015

Book Notes - Angelina Mirabella "The Sweetheart"

February 5, 2015

Book Notes - George Pelecanos "The Martini Shot"

February 4, 2015

Book Notes - Michelle Tea "How to Grow Up"

February 3, 2015

Book Notes - Amelia Morris "Bon Appetempt"

February 2, 2015

Book Notes - Daniel Galera "Blood-Drenched Beard"

January 30, 2015

Book Notes - Kevin Morris "White Man's Problems"

January 29, 2015

Book Notes - Stephen Policoff "Come Away"

January 28, 2015

Book Notes - Tara Murtha "Bobbie Gentry's Ode to Billie Joe"

January 27, 2015

Book Notes - Sharma Shields "The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac"

January 26, 2015

Book Notes - Michael Crummey "Sweetland"

Book Notes - Allison Adelle Hedge Coke "Streaming"

January 23, 2015

Book Notes - Mark Wisniewski "Watch Me Go"

Book Notes - Michael Christie "If I Fall, If I Die"

January 22, 2015

Book Notes - Robert Repino "Mort(e)"

January 21, 2015

Book Notes - Deepti Kapoor "A Bad Character"

January 20, 2015

Book Notes - Emma Hooper "Etta and Otto and Russell and James"

January 16, 2015

Book Notes - Monica McFawn "Bright Shards of Someplace Else"

January 15, 2015

Book Notes - Alex Green "Emergency Anthems"

January 14, 2015

Book Notes - Stewart O'Nan "West of Sunset"

January 13, 2015

Book Notes - Sarah Gerard "Binary Star"

January 12, 2015

Book Notes - Steve Himmer "Fram"

January 9, 2015

Book Notes - S. M. Hulse "Black River"

January 8, 2015

Book Notes - Thomas Pierce "Hall of Small Mammals"

January 7, 2015

Book Notes - Pamela Katz "The Partnership"

January 6, 2015

Book Notes - Rikki Ducornet "The Deep Zoo"

January 5, 2015

Book Notes - Meghan Daum "The Unspeakable"

December 31, 2014

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