Weekend Bites: Buddy Holly Negotiates, Boozy Writers, Shteyngart Gets Questioned, Patti Smith Podcast, A Bunch of Salinger, and More

Buddy Holly negotiates a contract. Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton, and other famous literary drunks and addicts. I interviewed Gary Shteyngart over at Jewcy.  He calls Isaac Bashevis Singer “nuts”. Cassettes From My Ex does Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes. Trying to get lucky? Try Goethe. Patti Smith and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein on the Book Review podcast. Remembering Salinger Dave Eggers Felicia Sullivan Salinger and the butcher. Andy Borowitz says “Hollywood Eager to Finally Fuck Up Catcher in the Rye“ […]

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Bites: Tolstoy Investigation, Misfit Pics, Hemingway Cat Poop, Harry Smith, and More

“The murder of Leo Tolstoy: A forensic investigation” at Harpers. Ben Greenman discusses Sly and the Family Stone, and their brief flirtation with being French. Eerie Von from Samhain and Danzig has a book of photography out. You can buy fake cat poop at the Ernest Hemingway museum. The New Yorker gives us a preview of albums coming out in 2010. A new decade just started and already we are talking about the publishing industry in 2020. A book on […]

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Bites: Hemingway’s African Snows, Colson Whitehead on Your Next Novel, The Virtuousness of Swiss Prisons, and more

Hemingway’s short story “The Snows of Kilimanjara” may make a resurgence in the coming years, as the African snows, once “as wide as all the world…and unbelievably white,” of the sky-high peak could be completely obsolete within as little as 12 years. Lit. Is the Internet making you illiterate? Colson Whitehead on choosing What to Write Next: play darts! The Millions has compiled a descriptive list of Difficult Books.  I like this.  Let’s read them. Somerset Maugham broke all the […]

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Bites: Chabon Interviewed, Granta Changes, Literary Doppelgangers, Grand Theft Auto & Inherent Similarities, Anderson to adapt Dahl, Real Chocolate, and more

Michael Chabon is interviewed at Jacket Copy on fatherhood and the writing process: “I think in a way, that’s sort of what you’re engaged in doing as a writer, too. You come into this inheritance of things that have been done and the ways in which they have been done, and people who influence you sort of pass along what they think is important, and what they think you need to know how to do. But over time you begin […]

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Scenes from the first circle

Hemingway: “John…” Updike: “Yes Ernest?” Hemingway: “They ummm, made a television show from one of your books…” Updike: “Oh?  Ah.  Yes, I see they did.” Hemingway: “It’s on after Cougar Town.” Updike: “Oh?  Hmmm….” Hemingway: “Gonna watch that one?” Updike: “Christ no.” Hemingway: “Ah, yes, yes.  Me neither.” 2 Hours later Updike: “Ernest, something is troubling me.  Ernest?  Ernest, listen to me dammit!” Ernest: “Ah?  Yes, yes.  What is it John?” Updike: “What’s with your grandkids Ernest? Ernest: “What’s that […]

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Bites: Fitzgerald’s penis, remembering Frank McCourt, Dave Eggers is popular, mad props, and Huxley on vacation

“if a descendant of F. Scott Fitzgerald demands the removal of the chapter in “A Moveable Feast” about the size of Fitzgerald’s penis…” There is more controversy about Scribner letting Hemingway’s grandson rework A Moveable Feast, and it has yielded that great quote above. Salon remembers Frank McCourt. Time interviews Dave Eggers. John Darnielle gives mad props to Brandon Stousy’s metal column over at Pitchfork. I love the title “Huxley packed light and would’ve love-hated the internet“. Tobias at The […]

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