Two new considerations of Overthrow:
Sach Dev interviewed me about it for Bookforum, and got me to talk about slowing down, not being authoritative, and approaching from an oblique angle.
And at the blog The Coming of the Toads, Joe Linker has written an essay about whether a novel can be a kind of revolution, and about the difference between being under surveillance and being read.
In the Bay Area Reporter, Tim Pfaff has written a very funny, impassioned review of Overthrow. I think my favorite line in it is “the writing mostly doesn’t care what you think of it and shows off shamelessly,” choosing to quote which is no doubt a further instance of shamelessness on my part.
According to Mason Neil, who reviews books on Instagram by pairing them with drinks, Overthrow is best washed down with a can of White Claw hard seltzer.
Emily Homonoff interviewed me about Overthrow for the Reading with Robin podcast, and we talked a lot about my dog.
When James Conrad, from the Golden Notebook bookstore in Woodstock, NY, was a guest on WAMC’s The Roundtable last week, he picked Overthrow as one of his books of the week.
Nicholas Dames, the literary fiction editor at Public Books, wrote about the Jamesianness of Overthrow, which is on his nightstand.
And a site called Read It Forward avers that Overthrow has a cool male protagonist who isn’t secretly an asshole.
There’s a lovely review of Overthrow in the September issue of Bookforum, which places the novel in the literary tradition and sees in it allegories of queer reading.
Over the weekend, I spoke with Amy Guth of Chicago’s WGN Radio about my recent article in the New Yorker on the history of unions and also, a little, about Overthrow (the segment with me starts at about 6:14).
If you’re in New York, please come to the reading at the Strand on Thursday, September 5, at 7:30pm! Admission is with purchase of the novel or of a $15 gift card.
I’m happy about two new reviews of Overthrow. On the New Yorker website, Garth Greenwell focuses on the novel’s style, which he sees as the book’s most crucial protagonist.
And at NPR, Annalisa Quinn focuses on the novel’s metaphoric treatments of technological surveillance.
Meanwhile, the website of Powell’s bookstore in Portland has published a self Q&A that I wrote for them, including the disclosure that I collect whaling stereoviews and a drawing that I made of my writing desk.