Chad Harbach, an accomplished author in his own right, is the editor of the collection of essays MFA vs. NYC, which sets out to come to some kind of consensus about the divide between the two spheres of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
Olivia Laing's The Trip to Echo Spring is an exploration of alcoholism in six 20th-century American writers—John Cheever, Raymond Carver, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Berryman, and Tennessee Williams—that dazzles in both the scope of its ambition and the depths it reaches in analyzing its subjects.
Over the phone, Sleigh Bells' Derek Miller is quick to laugh and has an obsession with choosing the exact right word. You get the sense that his mind moves much faster than his mouth; that he needs a second to catch up to himself to get his thoughts just right.
What does a director do while waiting for studio funding for his first major American movie to arrive? If that director is Sebastián Silva, he makes an autobiographical, improvised movie starring two of the actors that are slated to work with him on the studio feature.