Afternoon Bites: Literary Valentines, Recapping Book^2 Camp, Renata Adler Reviewed, and More

Nouvella has your literary valentine needs covered. The latest installment of Book^2 Camp was yesterday; Philip Turner, Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, and Dan Blank shared their thoughts on the event. “We need a name for them, that subset of literary protagonists who are appealing despite being appalling.” So begins Kathryn Schultz’s review of Amity Gage’s Schroder. Gary Indiana looks at the novels of Renata Adler in Bookforum. In today’s installment of “writers we like talking with writers we like,” Karolina Waclawiak chatted with Bookstalker. […]

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Weekend Bites: Jami Attenberg in Tijuana, Discussing Reality Hunger, Hating on the Classics, Marc Ribot, and More

Jami Attenberg shares the piece she wrote for The Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever event that we produced with our pals at Gigantic Magazine in Feb. At HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler and Matthew Simmons discuss Reality Hunger. The Rumpus book club sounds like a great idea. Who was Charles Dickens? Great  title: “Wonk by Day, Poet by Night“. Hating on the classics. Marc Ribot discusses scoring The Kid.

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Greil Marcus Calls Reality Hunger “Bullshit”

In a total “awww snap” moment, Greil Marcus tells Pop Matters what he thinks of David Shields “controversial manifesto”: I thought it was total bullshit. First of all, there’s a long history of people writing books about the death of the novel or the death of fiction and getting attention for doing that. There are a lot of people who would rather be at the funeral than at the birth, and this is one of those cases.

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Weekend Bites: The Whale Reviewed, Hitchens on Animal Farm, Shields on Colbert, PJ Harvey Doing Zoetrope, and More

Philip Hoare’s The Whale is reviewed. Christopher Hitchens revisits Animal Farm. David Shields meets Colbert Great Gatsby meets the NBA playoffs. New issue of Agriculture Reader is out.  We interviewed the people behind it for their last issue. Kevin Sampsell made a bunch of videos of AWP. Bookworm interviews Elif Bautman. PJ Harvey is designing an upcoming issue of Zoetrope: All Story. Another guide for living like Holden Caulfield. Neutral Milk Hotel + ukulele =’s great happiness.

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