Jeff VanderMeer on the idea of the “slow apocalypse” and fiction.

“It isn’t easy to put a person back together. You need surgeons, sculptors, scientists, psychologists, and healthy tissue. And still, it doesn’t always work.” At Hazlitt, fantastic nonfiction from Kathleen Hale.

Michael Gonzales explored the history of 1970s comedy label Laff Records.

At Metro, a look at Sarah Tomlinson’s memoir.

A.N. Devers on the subject of literary pubs.

At Afropunk: notes on the new album from DC’s great Beauty Pill.

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