Summer Reader 2022
The planes might be grounded, but our Summer Issue ain’t: take flight into new and expansive worlds through the summer’s best reads, selected by our guest editors Barbara Epler (New Directions), Anthony Bird and Taylor Bradley (Honford Star) and Lucy Kumara Moore and Lilly Markaki (Claire de Rouen). In this issue there’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art books from ascendent stars including Bora Chung, Fernanda Melchor and Tahi Saihate and established supernovas including Sheila Heti, Darius Koehli and Anne Carson. In these pages you’ll find a talking toilet golem, a zero-gravity portrait of family life and a torn-out stuck-in retelling of Herakles’ madness, alongside experimental poetry from a neglected polymath and a lyrical re-voicing of a turgid Pliny the Elder.
Martine Syms shares her theory reading list from her feature film The African Desperate
Anna Della Subin and Agnieszka Kurant create a map of the inadvertently deified and discuss the circular economies of religion, language and currency
Claudia Steinberg lends an ear to Susan Howe’s musical reflections on poetry and the American northeast
Plus, interviews with Jennifer Venditti on the art of casting, Panjak Mishra on the generation of India’s children lost to modernisation and Tom Mills on the privatisation of Channel Four and the future of public broadcasting