Afternoon Bites: Tobi Vail on The Who, new Julia Wertz comics, Steve Erickson’s playlist, and more

At Largehearted Boy, Steve Erickson provides a playlist for his latest novel, These Dreams of You. Carolyn Kellogg has an evenhanded look at the recent and unsettling news about the subject of Dave Eggers’ Zeitoun. Tobi Vail on The Who’s Quadrophenia, touring with Beat Happening, and more. Laura Hudson talks to the former members of Pizza Island about their current projects; this includes the welcome news that Julia Wertz has a new book coming out later this year. The secret […]

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Showering with Dave Eggers

Posted by Jason Diamond There is a slight chance that if you subscribe to The Thing long enough, you will be able to furnish your entire abode with their issues. In the past, the periodical has put out a Starlee Kine cutting board, coffee mugs by an experimental geographer, and Jonathan Lethem glasses with case.  They’re basically a couch and a knife set away from being more prominent in your apartment than IKEA. Now you have an opportunity to spend every day cleansing yourself […]

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Morning Bites: Writers for Occupy Oakland, Edith Wharton, Bosworth’s e-chap, Weather Underground, Chip Kidd,

Dave Eggers, Michael Pollan, and other writers denounce the City of Oakland’s response to the Occupy protests. Professor Edith Wharton teaches class at HTML Giant. Mel Bosworth and Christy Crutchfield have a new e-chapbook out on Deckfight called The Five Lost Senses of Carl. Chip Kidd is going to write a Batman graphic novel. Gary Shteyngart talks to The Atlantic. So on that movie Anonymous about William Shakespeare… A 1976 documentary on the Weather Underground. Women from the 1930s dressed like mythological […]

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Quotable: Dave Eggers on R.E.M.

“for the first four albums, you couldn’t understand much of what Michael Stipe was saying.” – Dave Eggers discusses the iconic (and now broken up) R.E.M. at Salon. Dean Wareham, Mac McCaughan of Superchunk, and Bob Mould also share their thoughts.

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Morning Bites: Dave Eggers, Jews for Lovecraft, Dana Spiotta, Jeff Buckley biopic, and more

Maira Kalman, Dave Eggers, David Byrne, and Alice Waters team up with Levi’s to design t-shirts with proceeds going to The Edible Schoolyard. Jews try and forgive H.P. Lovecraft for being an anti-Semite. Edward Champion talks to Dana Spiotta at McNally Jackson. The American Folk Art Museum tries to figure out how to keep going.  (We sure hope it does.) Some interesting folks acting in an upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic.

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Morning Bites: McSweeney’s gets Porky, Anthony Burgess Center, Aaron Sorkin on 30 Rock and More

David Chang (above) and Dave Eggers join forces as McSweeney’s announces they are launching a food imprint and a children’s book one. Penina Roth, the mind behind the fantastic Franklin Park Reading Series, is profiled. Aaron Sorkin will guest star on an episode of 30 Rock. Clockwork Orange author, Anthony Burgess, has an arts center in his honor. James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, goes on Colbert to discuss his “retirement.”

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