By Nathaniel Mackey
A new quantity of the singular, ongoing, nice American jazz novel
Nathaniel Mackey’s Late Arcade opens in l. a.. A musician identified in basic terms as N. writes the 1st of a sequence of letters to the enigmatic Angel of airborne dirt and dust. N.’s jazz sextet, Molimo m’Atet, has simply rehearsed a brand new track: the horn gamers learn from The Egyptian ebook of the Dead with lips clothespinned close, whereas the remainder of the band struts and saunters in a cosmic hymn to the solar god Ra. N. ends this breathless consultation by means of sending the Angel of airborne dirt and dust 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 creative invention.
Here is the latest installment of the nationwide e-book Award-winner Nathaniel Mackey’s From a damaged Bottle lines of body spray nonetheless Emanate, the good American jazz novel of “exquisite rhythmic lyricism” (Bookforum).
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Late Arcade by Nathaniel Mackey