A novel whose descriptive language has a cinematic quality to it, The End of Loneliness ties its characters together through song, from Jules’ early memories of road trips with his parents to the various stages of his relationship with Alva through the decades.
Transparent discussion of female sexuality and sexual desires is still limited and often undermined by the male sexual experience. How does Anais Nin’s literary marriage of high linguistics and base corporeal desires create a new language for describing the female sexual experience?
After having published carefully researched and masterfully written books on drinking, writing, and loneliness, Olivia Laing put out Crudo last week. A fictional story set in a very non-fictional moment in time, Crudo is in essence an attempt to capture, and make sense of, the experience of living through the summer of 2017, and going through that experience one moment at a time.
After having graduated in art history from Columbia and quitting her job at a pretentious art gallery, the unnamed narrator of My Year of Rest and Relaxation retires in her Upper East Side apartment and resolves to sleep for the coming year, at the end of which she expects to emerge a different person.