Kyle A. Staff Picks
It will keep you up at night. It will make you miss your stop and the subway. It invented and still defines a genre. Read it and everything Truman has ever written.
Sarah Leon captures for the reader an almost impossible thing: the experience of music without needing to hear it. Through an intensifying pattern of thawing a forgotten past and shoveling through an uncertain present, we learn not only about two extraordinary musicians and their inspirations but also a human relationship so strong, so flawed, that for them it is impossible to name but to the outsider can only be read (or played, or sung, or shouted) as love. In Wanderer Leon smooths a harsh and bleak world with melodic beauty, weaving in rhythms of fear, tension, doubt, and desire to build a concise but powerful symphony of a novel.
Compassionate in its wit, humorous in its heart, and full-blooded in its dry emotion, this story of the frustrating and charming inconsistencies of life is easy to fall into yet impossible to forget. Also its gay.
I made friends on the subway with this book. I lost nights and gained years laughing over this book. I was compelled to read full essays out loud to my roommates, my family, the cat I live with. David Sedaris has never been kookier, grosser, or more respectable.