Joseph Epstein at The Atlantic asks, “Is Franz Kafka Overrated?” He offers his own difficulty stomaching Kafka’s work while having his morning tea and toast, and then provides a number of other (by Walter Benjamin, Erich Heller, Isaac Bashevis Singer, etc.) thoughts on the writer, and then tries to sell us on his idea that”Kafka, in other words, is given a pass on criticism.” Also, “The argument is that he cannot finally be explained, but merely read, appreciated, and reread until his meaning, […]
Franz Kafka died on this day from complications brought on by tuberculosis in 1924. Although he was unknown in his lifetime, he went on to become one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, spawned the term Kafkaesque, and had a few monuments built in his honor.
An anthology collecting the zine The Minus Times has been released by featherproof and Drag City. David Berman interviewed editor Hunter Kennedy about the project for BOMB. Sheila Heti chatted with Tin House. Christopher Weingarten looks back at the weekend’s NYC debut of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. The Quietus revisits Orson Welles’s adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial. The Los Angeles Times on reader recommendations. Sam Prekop took Pitchfork through his listening history. Conversational Reading is doing a group read of William Gass’s novel […]
Kraftwerk will play a residency at MoMA in April. Gallerist has a slideshow of some classic photos of the German band. Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and other gay writers who changed America. Geoff Dyer talks to Guernica about his latest book, Zona. Lincoln Michel breaks down some Kafka. Chloe Caldwell remembers falling in love with New York at The Rumpus. Just so you know, Dave Mustaine didn’t formally endorse Rick Santorum. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
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 […]
Posted by Jason Diamond Look, it’s Franz Nicolay playing a mustached bad guy in this promo for Salman Rushdie’s new book, Luka and the Fire of Life.
Posted by Jason Diamond Or: Elif Batuman: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. If I had to pick one part of her article in today’s New York Times Magazine, “Kafka’s Last Trial,” this is definitely is it: “They say the papers will be safer in Germany, the Germans will take very good care of them. Well, the Germans don’t have a very good history of taking care of Kafka’s things. They didn’t take good care of his sisters.” He fell silent. “I […]
Posted by Jason Diamond If you care equally about Hasids and things that are Kafkaesque, then Burnt Books (Nextbook) is pretty much the greatest book to ever come out.