In our weekend reading: thoughts on Brix Smith Start’s memoir of her time in The Fall, a playlist from SAVAK, books made for weekend reading, and more.
Afternoon Bites: New Zadie Smith Fiction, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michaelangelo Matos Interviewed, John Freeman on Tomas Tranströmer, and More
In our afternoon reading: new fiction from Zadie Smith; interviews with Terese Svodoba, Chuck Palahniuk, and Tomas Tranströmer; news of a new Yo La Tengo album; and more.
Notes on the continued relevance of Ellen Willis, interviews with Sheila Heti and Chuck Palahniuk, a look at the music of Tim and Mike Kinsella, and more.
Morning Bites: Richard Hell, Bram Stoker’s diary, Blake Butler on the radio, old soccer balls, and more
Richard Hell’s memoir is acquired by Ecco. It will be titled I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp. You know somebody at Ecco is slapping themselves and saying, “Why couldn’t he have just called it “Some (Other) Kids” or something like that?” (Thanks Bryan Waterman for the tip.) The private journals of Bram Stoker have been found. I guess you can call them The Real Vampire Diaries. Blake Butler talks about insomnia on the Brian Lehrer show. A more […]
Bites: Levi Johnston broken down, Good writing cafes, Nick Cave and iPhones, Stephen Elliott, good uses for vodka, and more
The Awl breaks down Levi Johnston’s Vanity Fair article. Grub Street picks our beloved Think Coffee and Housing Works as two of the best New York cafes for writing. Nick Cave wants you to have his upcoming book, The Death of Bunny Munro, on your iPhone. Salon talks to Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries McSweeney’s gives us fifteen uses for vodka. Jay-Z is into this “indie rock movement”, and thinks big things of Grizzly Bear. An interview with […]
Six-Word Memoirs, meet the Gigantic Quotes Twitter Project. Play nice. If Harry Potter tells that old joke about two Jews rubbing a penny together, and Harry Potter is Jewish, does that make him an anti-Semite? The Millions teaches me that there is a genre called “mom books”. So this is what Dan Sinker – founder of Punk Planet – is up to. Chuck Palahniuk relates to Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, and is afraid of being buried alive according […]