Today is Books Matter’s first anniversary.
Thank you for reading. Thank you so, so much.
Here are some of my favorite posts from the last year:
- This (really overly enthusiastic) review of Jonathan Auxier’s Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. In a rare stroke of serendipity, reading this book literally changed my life
- Jacob Andrews’s Perks of Being an English Major—analyze this poem for me, baby!
- A review of Blake Butler’s Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia, which still makes me wonder: “And so how the fuck…now do we relax?”
- “Peccadillo,” a brilliant poem by Mary Ruefle
- This interview with Simon Van Booy, which makes me grin every time I watch it
- Two reviews of untraditional love stories: Evan Mandery’s Q and Alexander Chee’s Edinburgh
- My first literary oufit, Smut by Alan Bennett
- This review of Alexander Maksik’s You Deserve Nothing, which, indirectly, got me a job at Penguin Group (USA)
- 10 great literary epigraphs
- This review of Amelia Gray’s Threats, which convinced me that she’s one of our most exciting contemporary fiction writers
- Harold Bloom’s anecdote about why there is no Walt Whitman commemorative stamp
- “Terrarium,” one of the first poems I ever read by Ben Fama—I was missing out
- Mark Grist likes girls who read
- Matthew Dickman reads his poem “Slow Dance” and makes me love him more
…now go read books.