New fiction from Matt Dojny, the latest from the jazz/metal ensemble Wrekmeister Harmonies, Lose Your Own Adventure debuts, the legacy of Curt Boettcher, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Shani Boianjiu on Language, Nick Cave Documentary, Books About Television, New Chelsea Wolfe, and More
Shani Boianjiu discusses fiction and translation, Alan Sepinwall talks with Difficult Men author Brett Martin, a Nick Cave documentary is made, and much more.
Betrayals and Backwoods: Frank Bill’s “Donnybrook” Reviewed
Donnybrook by Frank Bill Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 240 p. A quote wrongly attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and butchered by sad sacks goes something like this: “life is a journey; not a destination.” If such saccharine bromides are to be taken seriously, Frank Bill’s relentless Donnybrook would serve as a compelling case to stay the hell home. This follow-up to his disquieting 2011 collection Crimes In Southern Indiana returns to familiar themes and locales, betrayals and backwoods.
Morning Bites: Arrested Development Is Almost Here, Giorgio Moroder Loves Daft Punk, and More
Arrested Development will kick off its long-awaited new season on Netflix on May 26. Digital love: Giorgio Moroder talked about Daft Punk in a series of videos to promote the latter’s new album. At least one Vol. 1 editor freaked out about everything in that sentence. There’s a feature in The Guardian about DIY recordings in the 70’s. Always nice to see a picture of the Shaggs side by side with pictures from Game of Thrones. “Anyway, he’s a breast […]
Morning Bites: Sam Lipsyte Talks to Leonard, Aleksandar Hemon Talks to Guernica, What Would Lynne Tillman Do, and More
Sam Lipsyte was on the Leonard Lopate Show yesterday. This Guernica interview with Aleksandar Hemon is pretty great. “I got a goddam hernia, you know that? My goddam belly-button is popping out. That’s why I’m dressed like this … I got no place to go, anyway.” This is apparently Jack Kerouac’s final interview. Prince Paul, the wonderful producer for De La Soul, talks to the AV Club about some of the highlights of his career. Oh, and we kind of […]
A Guy on Girls: Abandonment Issues, Fresh Parental Miscues, and Toiletry Tissues! (S2/E7, “Video Games”)
A trip up the Metro-North has long been an act of refuge for New Yorkers. But in “Video Games”, an all Jessa-Hannah production in which we meet Jessa’s louse of a father and not much else happens – was Lena Dunham riding the rails to get away from her own looming storylines?
Morning Bites: Javier Marias, Bad Jokes, the CIA, Michael Lewis, and More
There’s a big feature on Javier Marías at The Guardian. Did you watch the Oscars? Some people (including the usually infallible The Onion) made jokes other people weren’t happy about. Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Tom Hayden talks about the CIA’s influence on Hollywood storytelling. Michael Lewis draws some interesting conclusions from John Lanchester’s Capital. And did you know that the magazine article that inspired Argo was almost rejected? Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + our Tumblr, and sign up […]
Poetry in Motion: Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” If It Was Entirely About Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
In 1970, painter Joe Brainard crafted a highly unique memoir, beloved on arrival on his native Manhattan and beyond. It has become a cult classic, praised and imitated by the likes of Paul Auster, Kenneth Koch, and Georges Perec. Titled I Remember, Brainard’s book was a series of statements about his recalled life, all of which began with the phrase “I remember”. But what, I remember wondering, might Brainard’s book have looked like if each passage had been about famed […]