One of our favorite books of 2010 was Adam Levin’s mammoth novel The Instructions, and we’re incredibly excited to hear that he has a new collection out on McSweeney’s: Hot Pink. His publisher has this to say about it: …in the stories of “Hot Pink,” Levin delivers nine smaller worlds, snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, textbook lovers, dirty old men, insecticidal fathers, nervous comedians, angry mimes, and a dumptruck covered with balloons–all shaken together, colliding and embracing. […]
The photography of Clover Adams. We’re already fans of the Slate Book Review. “There isn’t a moment of lag here. If someone’s not being killed or beaten, he’s being shaken down, spied on, bedded or conned.” Adam Levin talks about James Ellroy’s American Tabloid on NPR’s All Things Considered. Daphne Carr celebrates the life and work of Frank Tovey and makes us all want to go listen to more Fad Gadget. The week that was: Tobias talked to Christian Wargo. Wargo was […]
Between now and when the flowers start growing, the trees beging greening, and the animals start mating, we’ve got a bunch of events going on. There will be a few more announced coming up, but in the meantime, we figured we should mention these. Also, as usual, all events are free.
Indexing: New Directions catalogs, Joseph Heller, two-thirds of Murakami, Green Apple Books, and more
A roundup of things consumed by our editors.
“Adam Levin’s The Instructions and the Cult of the Child” at The Millions. “I flipped back to page one, eager to fall back into this magnificent array of narratives. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.” – Pank on Emma Straub’s Other People We Married. Nabokov’s butterflies. Taking a look at the “godfather of neoconservatism,” Irving Kristol. Jeff Mangum announces he is going to dust off all those old Neutral Milk Hotel songs, and the entire world gets […]
Posted by Jason Diamond Note: This list doesn’t reflect the view of anybody else involved with Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and yes, I do realize it’s a mix of fiction and non. Sorry. 1. The Possessed by Elif Batuman I don’t believe that anybody on this planet is either the smartest or funniest person alive. But if I am in fact wrong, I believe Ms. Batuman could easily hold down both titles. In the least cheesiest way I can possibly say […]
At Impose: The Norman Mailer/James Frey connection. At Vice: New York Tyrant says that Brandon Hobson writes “real-sad writing.” Find out for yourself. At Beatrice: Discussing The Instructions by Adam Levin. At NPR: Nora Ephron getting older is funnier than you at pretty much any point in your life. The Awl were inspired by Tina Brown, and will now merge with any magazine that will have them At The Guardian: French Maoists, The Rolling Stones, and Sartre all make appearances […]