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June in our Portland offices has been dominated by a heat wave that we’re all really into whining about. Whether escaping the heat by heading to the movies or embracing it with a good book by the river, here are a few of our early summer faves. The alternative, of course, is not to […]
Like sands through the hourglass, so are the months of our lives. It is once again time for our staff to heap praises on a few of our favorite books, movies, albums, and TV shows from the last month. Emma Komlos-Hrobsky: Sjon’s Blue Fox is everything you’d want from an Icelandic novella of menacing folk magic and […]
April was a great month. We paid our taxes, various people we really like won Pulitzer Prizes, and we found a plastic egg with money in it in the bushes by the office. Here are some other highlights from our staff and interns. Tony: Leave it to Jim Shepard to take the challenge of writing […]
Each month, we ask our staff to fill us in on some interesting content they’ve consumed recently. (That’s what we do now, right? Consume content?) We dig deep and think of what books, movies, TV shows, art, music, or other bits of culture stood out to us and inspired us, at least before we saw […]
Once a month, we arbiters of cool at Tin House put our heads together and ramble on about a couple of books, movies, albums, or performances we’ve recently found compelling. Then we let the interns take over with actually relevant cultural criticism. But staff first! In-house Portland cuddle party and on-again-off-again beardo Tony Perez recently […]
January is the month we rest up, recharge, and make big decisions. We list goals for the next 365 days and cross our fingers. For some of us, the top spot goes to “Learn a new language” or “Finally watch The Wire” or “Drink less beer/more gin.” Sometimes we meet those goals, sometimes we don’t. […]
Each year, we force ask our staff to contribute a few favorites to a list of the “best” non fiction, music, poetry, film, television, and fiction of the year (with a few cheaters from years past). Yesterday, listing our favorite film and television of 2014, our staff tended toward nonfiction. Even the most popular flick, Boyhood, feels […]
Each year, we force ask our staff to contribute a few favorites to a list of the “best” non fiction, music, poetry, film, television, and fiction of the year (with a few cheaters from years past). In a year that saw the release of the beautiful, stirring film adaptation of the very first Tin House book (Amy […]
Each year, we force ask our staff to contribute a few favorites to a list of the “best” non fiction, music, poetry, film, television, and fiction of the year (with a few cheaters from years past). Every year is a big year for poetry, because poetry never goes out of style. 2014, though, felt bigger than most. […]
Each year, we force ask our staff to contribute a few favorites to a list of the “best” non fiction, music, poetry, film, television, and fiction of the year (with a few cheaters from years past). Whether we’re pairing local bands with our authors for events, scrounging up vinyl for the office turntable, or practicing […]
Each year, we force ask our staff to contribute a few favorites to a list of the “best” non fiction, music, poetry, film, television, and fiction of the year (with a few cheaters from years past). We’re kicking it off today with our non fiction picks. Check back in tomorrow for our picks for album […]
Halloween is a favorite holiday around the Tin House offices, which is kind of surprising, because we still have to come into work and it typically isn’t considered one of the Five Great Drinking Holidays—4th of July, Labor Day, St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and the NBA Draft. Regardless, here are our staff’s recommendations […]
Meg Storey (Editor, Tin House Books): I have just started reading a novel I’d never heard of by an author I’d never heard of (but you may have heard of it, since it was just short-listed for the National Book Award). Last week, I walked by a book lying in the wrong place at Powell’s. […]
Matthew Dickman (Poetry Editor, Tin House Magazine): The world of Visual Arts is crazy and keeps expanding like a bowl of Strega Nona’s pasta. But one of my favorite authors who has constantly showed up with her fork and spoon, Chris Kraus, wrote an amazing guide of recent movements in her book Where Art Belongs […]
Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): You have to appreciate a film that begins with the following disclaimer: “While the names have been changed to respect the victims and their families, the musical numbers will be performed exactly as they occurred.” Combining two of my great loves, musical theatre and slasher flicks, Stage Fright (2014) is both […]
The books we’ve been digging this month . . .
Jakob Vala (Graphic Designer): I learned a few truths at the Writer’s Workshop this year: Lacy Johnson is a baby whisperer, Nick Flynn is a softie and My Feelings really is the title of his next book, and the purple-on-purple of Anthony Doerr’s author photo outfit wasn’t just a fluke. I also finally started reading […]
Emma Komlos-Hrobsky (Assistant Editor, Tin House Magazine): Ellen Bass charmed the socks off me when she read “At The Padre Hotel In Bakersfield, California” at the Writers @ Work conference in Alta, Utah. I loved its slyness and honesty, its willingness to walk right up to the real stuff of this world. I immediately bought […]
The interns are ambitious this week: Pound’s Cantos, new graphic novels, classic sci-fi, etc.
Wordless woodcut novels, post-human apocalypses, powerful music, and the books we’re slavering for after BEA.
Swedish Punk Kids, Canadian Jazz Giants, Fat Old Orson Welles, and French New New Wave
Death, Colombia, 21st century metafiction, and the free online stories. Good week!
The interns are reading Elena Ferrante, Jonathan Lethem, Homer, Marianne Boruch, and Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge.
We check out Blake Bailey, Walter Kirn, Anthony Doerr, Giacometti via James Lord, and a bit about moms from Lydia Millet.
Culinary outliers, dad life, Aamer Hussein, Robert Lax, and The Virgin Suicides