Afternoon Bites: Inside “Joseph Anton,” Patton Oswalt in Bushwick, Dylan Meconis on Comics Criticism, and More

A very happy 49th birthday to Jarvis Cocker.

Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton is out this week. Rushdie spoke to Charles McGrath at the New York Times, and Sarah Weinman looks at the books of Rushdie’s ex-wife Marianne Wiggins.

Eric Nelson on the time Patton Oswalt showed up at Brooklyn Fireproof.

Dylan Meconis on ways you should not write comics criticism.

Irvine Welsh talks about his latest novel, Skagboys, at Lit Reactor.

How David Byrne listens to music.

Steve Stern’s The Book of Mischief, reviewed.

Warren Ellis on Stephen Baxter’s Northland Trilogy.

Robert Christgau on Dylan Hicks’s latest album.

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