Josh Kun’s To Live and Dine in LA is a prime example of the cross-cultural, social and political work that he so deftly produces new historic narratives. Ambitious and beautiful, eye-popping and eye-opening, TLADILA is the perfect book for anyone interested in the history and evolution of Los Angeles, and the role food played in defining a city.
Behold the dream memoir! An autobiography of the subconscious! A surrealist self-portrait! A diaphanous narrative of sex and love and magick and family! Violent and vulnerable! Beguiling and brave! As beautiful as its cover (by a different Wendy Ortiz no less!) and twice as enchanting!
Makes me want to watch/rewatch: The Sopranos, 30 Rock, Freaks & Geeks, The Rockford Files, Battlestar Gallactica, Hannibal, My So-Called Life, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, NYPD Blue, Terriers, Adventure Time and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
The stories in this collection are sexy and cruel and subversive and so completely ahead of their time (75 years!) that even today they still seem to exist on the bleeding edge of contemporary fiction. An absolutely remarkable collection.
There is much to say about Mohsin Hamid’s new book—about how it deftly captures the slow devolution of a vibrant city into civil war, about how a migrant crisis, anywhere in the world, becomes a crisis for all, about how exacting Hamid captures the miracle of falling in love, about just how damn timely this book is—but I keep coming back to one thing about Exit West, and that’s how hypnotic it is, how effortlessly it absorbs you into its world. It’s astounding. It really really is.
A 21st-century protest novel written as a meditation on capitalism, art, history, identity, friendship and comic books. The ideas in this book are so f*ckin big, I can’t believe they’re contained in a book this f*ckin brief.