By Nathaniel Mackey
A new quantity of the singular, ongoing, nice American jazz novel
Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in la. A musician recognized merely as N. writes the 1st of a chain of letters to the enigmatic Angel of airborne dirt and dust. N.’s jazz sextet, Molimo m’Atet, has simply rehearsed a brand new song: the horn gamers learn from The Egyptian publication of the Dead with lips clothespinned close, whereas the remainder of the band struts and saunters in a cosmic hymn to the sunlight god Ra. N. ends this breathless consultation by way of sending the Angel of dirt a cassette tape in their rehearsal.
Over the subsequent 9 months, N.’s epistolary narration follows the musical goings-on of the ensemble. N. suffers from what he calls “cowrie shell at- tacks”—oil spills, N.’s reminiscence of his mother’s depression musical Sundays— which all turns into the resource of unpolluted inventive invention.
Here is the most recent installment of the nationwide publication Award-winner Nathaniel Mackey’s From a damaged Bottle strains of body spray nonetheless Emanate, the nice American jazz novel of “exquisite rhythmic lyricism” (Bookforum).
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