2015: The Year Music Made Me Feel OK

I listened to a lot of music, at least according to Spotify. That doesn’t count all the records I bought and played, the shows I saw, and everything I listened to that wasn’t on my streaming service of choice. Of course, I didn’t need some report to tell me that, I always listen to a ton of music, almost most of my day is spent with headphones on and I’m fine with that. I listened to a lot of old […]

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Cocaine Nightmare: “Hotel Living” by Ioannis Pappos

Nothing succeeds like excess in fiction — excess, and the inevitable downfall it foreshadows. You realize that all the sexual escapades and expensive art that Joris-Karl Huysmans’s dandy protagonist in À rebours racks up won’t fill the massive void in his soul, that the sprawling and ornate Gilded Age homes around Fifth Avenue in Edith Wharton’s novels hide dark secrets within their walls, and the gin at Gatsby’s house parties will have to stop flowing sooner rather than later. The good times, […]

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Teju Cole and the Sound of Lagos

Need something to push play on for your next house party or BBQ? Let Teju Cole help you out with that courtesy of this playlist he curated for a night out in Lagos for Okayafrica’s ‘Africa In Your Earbuds’ series. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, our Tumblr, and sign up for our mailing list.

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Kenneth Cosgrove’s Short Story

Mad Men spinoff idea: Kenneth Cosgrove becomes a famous short story writer, a contemporary of Raymond Carver, and a favorite of MFA teachers for years to come. And it all starts with his famous Atlantic story that you can now read, “Tapping a Maple on a Cold Vermont Morning.” Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, our Tumblr, and sign up for our mailing list.

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Announcing: Julius Singer Press Presents “Sandwich Stories” Zine

Vol. 1 is happy to announce we’re hopping back on the bandwagon and embracing the exciting mode of publishing called print with the forthcoming publication of the zine, “Sandwich Stories.” Complete with cover artwork from Matt Lubchansky, “Sandwich Stories” is the latest release from our Julius Singer Press, and comes with three stories by writers we like who were all given the instruction to write something about a specific topic. To kick things off we figured we’d pick something everybody loved and told […]

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When Alice Bag Went to Nicaragua

  It has always bothered me a bit that the Los Angeles punk scene of the late 1970s and early 80s is viewed by some as being sort of behind New York and London in terms of importance and influence, when the fact is that it’s really the opposite: Los Angeles was just as interesting, if not more so, than those other places. For every person I see reading Please Kill Me (which is a crucial book, no doubt), I really […]

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T. Geronimo Johnson is “Wrestling With the American Idiom”

There’s a very good chance that you’ll see a Facebook link or tweet that proclaims some bit of real life news is “not an Onion article” at some point during your day. That’s been the rallying cry over the last few years in a world where the lines are sometimes blurred between real news and satire. In Welcome to Braggsville, T. Geronimo Johnson‘s new novel that buzzes with energy from the first page to the last, we get a book perfectly […]

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The Recorded Barry Hannah

While we’re still holding out for a national Indie Bookstore Day, this upcoming Record Store Day does hold one particular treasure we seek: Barry Hannah: I have no idea what tradition I’m in. Don’t care, a 1989 spoken record recording of Hannah on vinyl. Here’s the catch: we probably have to go to Mississippi if we want one of the 500 copies that are being pressed. But in case they don’t all sell, The End of All Music will sell […]

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