The Map and the Territory by Michel Houellebecq
It can be hard to separate an author from his well documented persona (cantankerous and controversial) and it’s even more difficult when he includes himself as a character in his own novel. While he appears in The Map and the Territory Houellebecq is certainly not playing any gimmicky games. Here he manages to engage the reader with his usual biting commentary on humanity and the world we...
It Chooses You by Miranda July
So, this is weird shit. A screenwriter interviewing strangers from the Pennysaver to combat her inability to complete a screenplay, but I think it’s charming. And sure it’s real pretty because it’s published by McSweeney’s and sure it’s real quirky because it’s written by Miranda July. But there’s something special about the interviews, the way she finds...