Brandon Stosuy is the co-founder and editor in chief at The Creative Independent, the co-founder of the annual Basilica Soundscape festival in Hudson, NY, the co-founder of Zone 6 Gallery, and has been a music curator at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and at MoMA PS1 in New York City
7 books on the list
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When We Cease to Understand the World
This mind-bending work explores scientific discovery, ethics, and the blurred line between genius and madness. Follow the stories of Albert Einstein, Alexander Grothendieck, Erwin Schrödinger, and Werner Heisenberg as they navigate groundbreaking discoveries and the potential consequences of their work. Through a mix of fact and fiction, this book reveals the strange and exhilarating world of science.
great book, if you want to read a book – source
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Explore the complexities of Cambodian-American life in this immersive and comic debut story collection. Anthony Veasna So offers a sharp emotional balance between acerbic humor and tenderheartedness, delving into topics such as race, sexuality, friendship, and family. From a high school badminton coach seeking redemption to two drunken brothers aiming to expose family secrets, Afterparties showcases an expansive portrait of the lives of Cambodian-Americans. Dive into a world of nuanced emotional precision, gritty humor, and compassionate insight, and experience an explosive introduction to an indisputable new talent in American fiction.
amazing book—funny, smart, loving, moving…and really incredibly sad that the author died at 28. these stories are so full of life. recommended. – source
Crying in H Mart
This powerful memoir by an indie rockstar delves into Michelle Zauner's experience growing up as a Korean American, struggling to meet her mother's high expectations, and finding her own identity in the face of grief and loss. With anecdotes of family, food, and endurance, Zauner's plainspoken yet lyrical voice inspires in its honesty. Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish and share.
really good book. I learned a lot and: our life experiences are quite different, but it brought back a ton of memories of my own mother’s death due to cancer, and kept resonating... great writing is magic like that. – source
Also recommended byBethanne Patrick
Experience the dark and twisted world of a damned Mexican village in this highly acclaimed novel. Following the investigation into the murder of a witch, each unreliable narrator brings new details to light, exposing acts of brutality and depravity that saturate this violent world. As the story unfolds, author Fernanda Melchor extracts humanity from even the most irredeemable characters, creating an unforgettable portrait of a community poisoned by their own myths and violence. A must-read for fans of 2666 and Faulkner's novels.
total aside, but this book is incredible: – source
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears
I Hold a Wolf by the Ears is a powerful collection of ghost stories that explores the struggles and complex emotions of women on the verge. Author Laura van den Berg takes readers on a journey from Florida to Mexico City, Sicily, and Spain, as her characters deal with misogyny, violence, and economic struggles in America. With humor and surreal imagery, van den Berg delves deep into the human psyche to confront the thoughts we keep hidden from the world. This collection is a must-read for anyone searching for timeless and urgent stories that push the boundaries between magic and annihilation.
thought of this earlier as i finished this incredible book: – source
A Children's Bible
In this hauntingly prophetic novel, a group of twelve children feel neglected by their parents on a forced vacation at a lakeside mansion. When a destructive storm hits, the children decide to run away, leading the younger ones into apocalyptic chaos. As Eve tries to protect her little brother from harm, the scenes of destruction mimic those from his beloved picture Bible. A Children's Bible is a heartbreaking and generational tale that offers a haunting vision of our future.
and: lydia millet's a children's bible is a great book. – source
The Pine Barrens
Explore the vast, near-wilderness of New Jersey's Pine Barrens, a region larger than most national parks. While most of the state is a suburban corridor, the Pine Barrens remain largely undeveloped due to its sandy and acidic soils. In this book, the author delves into the history of this unique region and the misunderstood "Pineys" who call it home, sharing their distinctive folklore and way of life.
@thewrens I really love that book. It's one that I've read a bunch of times—I saw it again on a different bookshelf the other day, and so brought it back to this pile, ha. This was my mother's copy. I grew up in Chatsworth, "capital of the pines." – source