Bites: The Dantean inferno of Brooklyn, Dickens Christmas Bummer, Granta Picks, Todd P in Mexico, Best Metal, and More

I loved this Gawker quote about the “ironic trailer park” they are building in Bushwick: “Every year they add a new level to the Dantean inferno that is artistic living in Brooklyn.”


  • “What a wonderful thing it is, that such a great success should occasion me such intolerable anxiety and disappointment!” Charles Dickens on A Christmas Carol.  The Guardian discusses why the book didn’t give the writer a surplus of holiday cash.
  • Over at Lit Drift, Andrew Boryga discusses reading The Brothers Karamazov in high school.
  • At Granta, Helen Simpson and Blake Morrison pick their best books of the year.


The holidays

On the big screen and the small.