Afternoon Bites: Matt Fraction on John Darnielle, Vår, Used Magazines, and More

“All that well-meaning “jazz” talk has a point — Billy Rymer’s skittering cymbals on “When I Lost My Bet” and the smoky shuffle of One of Us Is the Killer‘s title cut are clearly informed by jazz vocabulary, with the band’s ethos embracing Ornette Coleman’s philosophy of harmolodics alongside hints of Mahavishnu Orchestra shred.” Hello, new Dillinger Escape Plan album. Matt Fraction describes nonexistent John Darnielle songs, which is exactly as amazing as it sounds. ” …what really charmed me about this book is […]

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Weekend Bites: 21st Century Sherlock, Paul Auster Reviewed, Franco as Bruce Nauman and More

At The Daily Beast:  The 21st Century Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery. At The New York Times: The Paris Review opens up it’s archives. At Telegraph: Paul Auster’s Sunset park is reviewed: “While there are moments of intensity, beauty even, these are fleeting, bright flashes, like silver fish in a grey and weltering sea.” At Flavorwire: Citing that James Franco’s “Cultural Ubiquity Tour must roll on,” a video of the actor, writer, student in sixteen MFA programs, as Bruce Nauman. At […]

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Good Links to Wake up to: Superchunk on NPR, Lorie Moore at NYer Festival, Celebrity Chekov and More

At NPR:  Superchunk’s Mac McCaughan at Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. At The Rumpus: Elissa Bassist took some notes on Lorie Moore speaking at the New Yorker Festival. At The New York Times: Wishing Flaubert was still alive to read the Lydia Davis translation of Madame Bovary. At Big Other: Pretty psyched about the Wednesday event at the Center for Fiction. At Speakeasy: Ben Greenman gives us some Celebrity Chekov. Alex Ross calls The Social Network “mesmerizing”

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Volumizer: The Week in Books, 9/26 – 10/2

Posted by Nick Curley Having spent the last several months baffled as to where to go for a comprehensive but pocket-sized digest of the day’s tomes-of-the-moment, I decided to draft one myself.  I’ll keep this up weekly for as long as it continues to entertain me and prove no burden. All books are fair game, including those newly reprinted.  To drop a dime about your new release or someone else’s, send all useful info to nick@vol1brooklyn.com or via direct message […]

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Weekend Bites: Cusack on Hot Tub, Alex Ross Out of His Comfort Zone, Death of Journalism (School), NY Tyrant Does Franco, Will Self Debating, and More

Richard Metzger and John Cusack talk Hot Tub Time Machine: “I’ll quote David Letterman here: “I haven’t seen ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ but I know genius when I hear it, and ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ is genius.” I really prefer to think I’m committing new cinematic sins. With all of the rampantly heroic stupidity that can be mustered within the normal time constraints and the Hollywood studio system.” And you thought Alex Ross was all Bartók and Mahler… Is J […]

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Jonny Greenwood Continues His Reign as Only Thing I like About Radiohead

I don’t care about Radiohead.  I’m sorry to offend any superfans out there, but I just think they’re rehashing Dark Side of the Moon for my generation: music for people who want to like something “smart” but are afraid to really dig. With that said, I like the bands guitar player, Jonny Greenwood.  I began to realize this around 2007, when he put together a collection of his favorite reggae and dub songs for Trojan Records 4oth anniversary, for the […]

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