Bites: Why Franz Quit, Johansson Does Arthur Miller, Salinger Reviews, iPad Prophets, Magnetic Fields FAIL, and More

Franz Nicolay, whose “Complicated Gardening Techniques” is coming out on our very own Julius Singer Press, talks about why he left The Hold Steady. With Scarlett Johansson tackling one of his best plays, Wall Street Journal takes a look at “How Arthur Miller Found His View“. A brief history of J.D. Salinger reviews. Thomas Edison: iPad prophet? At The Faster Times, Michael Kimball Interviews Padgett Powell. According to this review, The Magnetic Fields FAIL. The Rumpus gives us Czechoslovakian book […]

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The Week That Shall be: 11/14 to 11/20

Every Friday, we will be bringing you this bite sized guide to things going on that we find interesting for the next seven days to follow. Saturday, November 14th Craig Finn, Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, and some guy named Chuck Klosterman are doing a 1PM happy hour at Le Poisson Rouge.  Ten bucks. Another Hold Steady member (and guy soon to be published on Julius Singer Press), Franz Nicolay plays with one of our favorite bands, The Shondes, […]

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Vol. 1 Brooklyn Story Series, March 2009

Saturday is going to be beautiful all day long, and then, as night approaches, the mercury will dip a bit — we suggest going over to Bar Matchless (577 Manhattan Ave. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn) for our monthly Vol. 1 reading series where you will be kept warm by a combination of drinks and an incredible lineup. As always, all profits from the five dollar suggested donation will go to our favorite nonprofit organization (located in Park Slope, Brooklyn) dedicated to […]

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Conversation: Franz Nicolay

It seems safe to say that The Hold Steady are the greatest American rock n’ roll band right now. Craig Finn and his Springsteen-esque observations on the punks and fuck-ups are a third of the holy trinity of rock scribes, along with John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) and Will Sheff (Okkervil River) in the renaissance of hyper-literate song-crafting. However, I am sure there is an old adage that goes something like, behind every great songwriter is, well . . . […]

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