Tea With Chris is a roundup of recommended links, posted every Thursday. Here are a few of our favourite things from the Internet this week:
Chris: Thanks to their cagey editorial policies, you can only find Hilton Als’ memoir “I Am Your Conscious, I Am Love: A Paean 2 Prince” online if you’re a Harper’s subscriber, which makes it less than ideal as tea. But, well, go buy a copy of the magazine, or just wait for the next Best Music Writing anthology, because Als has taken the most enigmatic of pop stars to be dearly personal. While reading it, I spent several minutes in wonder at the surreal precision of this sentence: “There was more silence, and as it unfolded, I took in his face, which had the exact shape, and large eyes, of a beautiful turtle.” And that doesn’t even reach the purple-bruised heart of Als’ essay, about blackness and queerness and anxiousness in America, about trying to be somebody’s Dorothy Parker when you can only really be their lover.
Eileen Myles cordially sons (uncles?) the retiring Philip Roth.