In writing about the art of sport, and the potential poetics of these games, there is a temptation to chase secret mechanics in the language of memoirs, biographies, histories, and the like. I’m always looking for a captivating, well-written book that will offer insights not merely into the experiences of athletes – teamwork, practice, composure – but the hard data of the game. How to Throw a Curveball, How to Rebound, How to Render an Opponent Unconscious. This pursuit is […]
Indexing: Chapbooks, Lynne Tillman, more Sheila Heti, Jessica Hopper gets Didion-esque, Ann Patchett, and more
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
Posted by Jason Diamond I’ve written and read my share of year-end lists, and I’m at the point now where I’m not totally sure what sort of purpose they serve, but I continue to read and write them anyway. I’m not trying to sound jaded about peoples roundups of the year that was, in fact I rather like them and really enjoy doing my own. I guess my issue tends to be more of the way you’ve got to dig […]
Morning Bites: Q.R. Markham, the Beefheart candidate, Chad Harbach’s energy bars, Wodehouse letters, and more
Want to know more about the Q.R. Markham (above) plagiarism scandal? Edward Champion is your one stop shop. Neal Pollack talks to Fictionaut. Chad Harbach cooks with Emily Gould. An excerpt from Will Hermes’ book Love Goes To Buildings On Fire at Rolling Stone. Letters from PG Wodehouse. Jon Huntsman: Republican presidential candidate and big Captain Beefheart fan. Revisiting the lost spirit of journalism from 1940. Used tools in the heart of Maine. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr.
Our editors weekly roundup of what they’re consuming. Jason Diamond I guess I’ve really missed out by not reading The Art of Fielding. Aside from the dozen people who’ve suggested I pick it up, the Keith Gessen article in Vanity Fair was really the breaking point. I’ve obviously fucked up on several levels, and it is time to rectify this.