Listen Up: We’re Reading Author Rumaan Alam Loud and Clear
We’re kicking off this week with an overdue (and not overly long) Alex update! Then! We’ve got the brilliantly insightful author and editor Rumaan Alam on the record about his second novel That Kind of Mother, which explores family, race, motherhood, and (to a lesser extent) Princess Diana.
P.S. Who knew everything looks better with a touch of tortoiseshell? The designer behind Machete, that’s who—and you can snag all of her earrings for 10% off with the code AFEWTHINGS.
Special and amazing author Rumaan Alam on how he writes women so well…
Pick up a copy of That Kind of Mother and, while you’re at it, Rumaan’s phenomenal first novel Rich and Pretty.
Sign up for The New York Times books newsletter and get literary gems like this text-message interview between Rumaan and John Grisham.
So! Many! Book recs! Give The Transit of Venus, Stephen Florida, High Dive, and Asymmetry a go.
Check out Kyle Chayka’s thoughts on everything involving tech and design. Start with this piece on the Airbnb aesthetic and this on style as an algorithm.
Rumaan’s house is just as gorgeous as his writing.
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