Afternoon Bites: Neverending Songs, An Epic Peter Straub Interview, Free Ham, Vanessa Veselka and the Truck Stop Killer, and More

There is a sequel to the bizarre adventure comic Far Arden? Excellent. Vanessa Veselka’s “The Truck Stop Killer” may fill your daily required dosage of excellent nonfiction. Douglas Wolk explores the world of very, very long songs. Jason Rice on Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Free Ham.” Nightmare Magazine has published the first part of a lengthy interview with Peter Straub. Ben Tanzer has new fiction up at Hobart. Hyperallergic has some art world-themed costume suggestions for your young’uns. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and […]

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Afternoon Bites: The Adam Wilson/Don Draper Letters, John Zorn, Val Kilmer As Mark Twain, And More

“I am drawn to confusion: how we try to make sense of things, relationships, work, our family history, and how we cope, both in healthy and unhealthy ways, as well as compulsions, how we get stuck, and our desire to be unstuck, mostly, but not entirely, because those compulsions are part of our worldview.” Chicago’s Ben Tanzer is interviewed at Big Other. (We reviewed his Hold Steady-inspired novel You Can Make Him Like You last year.) A John Zorn-directed film […]

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Afternoon Bites: Best Music Writing, Ben Tanzer, Richard Yates, and more

The 2011 edition of the Best Music Writing anthology is out now, with readings to follow next week in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Michaelangelo Matos has compiled links to nearly all of the pieces listed as honorable mentions in this year’s volume. The next pick for Chuck Palahniuk’s book club? Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You. (Our review is here.) When Richard Yates met Larry David… In today’s “Vol.1 editors linking things they’ve written” department, may we present Tobias Carroll’s […]

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Reviewed: Ben Tanzer’s “You Can Make Him Like You”

Review by Tobias Carroll You Can Make Him Like You by Ben Tanzer Artistically Declined Press; 214 p. “I am a selfish cocksucker.” That’s how Keith, the narrator of Ben Tanzer’s You Can Make Him Like You, first introduces himself to us. And throughout the book, Tanzer leaves it up to the reader to determine whether or not that self-assessment is accurate. Keith is a contradictory figure: the lone conservative in his social group; a man who enjoys the music […]

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