Bites: Bolaño syllabus, Jewish Wild Things, David Byrne, Hot Topic tour, and more.

Lit. The Millions have an essay, “A Bolaño Syllabus.”  That’s all, nothing witty.  Just read it. Tablet Magazine, happy to point out that Where the Wild Things Are has “profoundly Jewish roots,” calls Paste Magazine’s essay which informs this theory “overwrought.”  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Once a dream, now a reality. L Magazine interviews Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries. Google may modify its online book deal (Thanks, Boston Globe) Dear Conversational Reading, Mainstream publishing mystifies us […]

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Bites: Books on Abraham, Chuck Klosterman on the Fab 4, bike shares, Genesis P-Orridge, and more

Lit. The New York Review of Books has a stack of books on our 16th President Daniel Steel and “That Madea Guy” both make the list of “15 Rich-Ass Authors I’ve Suddenly Decided to Like“. (Thanks HTMLGIANT) The Desk Set asks: “Why should we, librarians and friends of libraries, care about the state of the humanities?” JK Rowling getting a comic book Bikes Copenhagen Bike Share Competition.  (Thanks Cool Hunting) Music – Art Chuck Klosterman reviews the recently remastered Beatles albums […]

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David Byrne: Can’t stop, won’t stop

By Jason Diamond I feel safe saying that in the last ten years, David Byrne has had possibly the biggest spurt of artistic inspiration in his four decade long career. A short list of accomplishments that deserve mention include releasing three really good albums – one that reunited him with past collaborator/genius, Brian Eno; putting together the “No Boundaries” series at Carnegie Hall; turning a building into a musical instrument; and inspiring some of the most talked about bands of […]

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