Afternoon Bites: Amy Klein on Kurt Vile, Bowie’s Diagrams, Colm Tóibín, David Abrams on World Book Night, and More


“Now some small part of the grand tradition of the lone American troubadour belongs only to him. He is a natural and unaffected heir to its tropes of the individual. And by now, on his fifth album, he sounds like an elder statesman of a country of his own making — one located somewhere between past and present, inside and outside, complete isolation and complete connection.” Amy Klein on Kurt Vile’s latest.

Kory Grow on the last days of Bleecker Bob’s.

Jesse Green on the Colm Tóibín-written play The Testament of Mary.

David Bowie diagrammed his new album for Rick Moody.

David Abrams describes his World Book Night experience. (Hint: Alexis M. Smith’s Glaciers is involved.)

Hey, it’s a new Girls Against Boys song.

That time Diarrhea Planet and Patrick Stickles covered “Born to Run”

Greenpoint Gallery Night is next month.

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