In our morning reading: thoughts on Harry Mathews’s last novel, an interview with Kevin Young, rumination on classic comedies and depression, and more.
Today is Ian MacKaye’s birthday. His name was mentioned twelve times at our greatest 3-Minute Punk Stories event, which Impose took photos of. Ron Swanson + Rorschach from Alan Moore’s Watchmen =s Ron Sworscach. Dave Eggers isn’t going to Germany to accept an award from the Günter Grass Foundation. Melissa Broder gives a mix to Electric Literature. “I was in this shop in Edinburgh one time,” he chuckles, “and this wee guy comes up to me like: ‘You’re Irvine Welsh, aren’t you?’ […]
Weekend Bites: Less Than Zero Sequel has Less Than Awesome Cover, Tom Waits Does Shakespeare, Daniel Nester Giving Advice, and More
I agree with one HTMLGIANT commenter: the cover to the Less Than Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, is horrible. Tom Waits to do Shakespeare. I’m just going to call it: the On the Road adaptation will suck. Getting around to reading everything Ralph Ellison is a task Troy Patterson at Slate is not up to. Daniel Nester gives tips for aspiring writers. Michael Schaub reviews Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch at Bookslut. Check out our review of […]
Thanks to Daniel Nester, you now know 27 covers of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.
Bites: New Granta, Blake Butler Talks to Andrew Zornoza, Stephen King Rocks With The Cougar, Speaking Teabag, and More
[vimeo 8531833] Granta announced their next issue will be based around “Work”. Over at Bookslut, Blake Butler has a conversation with Andrew Zornoza. Chris Farley is talked about. The new issue of Bookslut also has an interview with Daniel Nester. What do Stephen King, The Cougar, Neko Case, and Elvis Costello have in common? This musical. Learn to speak teabag. The Forward’s Sisterhood blog responds to Katie Roiphe’s article about male writers and sex writing.
Soft Skull Press, 2009, 272 pp. Reviewed by Claire Shefchik Straight off, Daniel Nester points out that “inappropriate” is standard boilerplate these days, in the media and in politics, for anything that could potentially make someone uncomfortable. It’s annoying, yes, but if you’re Nester, you respond by taking a dump on it, or at least by writing articulately about people who do. How to Be Inappropriate is handmade for frat-boys-turned-English majors, taking a bodily-fluid-covered hatchet to literary convention, as in […]
Did you ever think there was a Balloon Boy and Edgar Allan Poe link? Did you care? Philip Roth gives an interview over on The Daily Beast. Holy shite. Apparently hipsters hate trivia night, but we proved that nerds don’t, and the good folks as L Magazine filmed it. Lit. The Mexican government kept an eye on Gabriel García Márquez, thinking he was a Colombian spy. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s taxes. I’m interested. How to survive as a writer in the […]