The Insufferable Gaucho

If you've been meaning to read the Chilean novelist Roberto Bolaño, but have been daunted by the ambitions of his masterpieces The Savage Detectives and 2666, let me recommend this collection of seven playful prose pieces—stories, essays, and some writing falling in between—as a perfect invitation to his intriguing and marvelously idiosyncratic work.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.