Bites: 2 Alina Simones, Blake Butler reviewed, biographies, Portlandia in The New Yorker, and more

Luc Sante looks at the work of Jean-Patrick Manchette, whose Fatale is damn good reading. Brain Pickings on the ten best biographies of 2011. Alina Simone meets Alina Simone. Ander Monson reviews Blake Butler’s Insomnia for the New York Times Book Review. Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen are profiled by The New Yorker. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Afternoon Bites: Helen Oyeyemi, Matthew Volz, “Family Fang” Film, and more

At Chapter 16, Tina LoTufo talks with Kevin Wilson about Nicole Kidman’s plans to star in a cinematic adaptation of his novel The Family Fang. Wait a second — Drag City released a Crisis of Conformity 7″? Impose talks with Matthew Volz, whose artwork for The Beets is surreal and oftentimes amazing. Mike Davis, whose Nomad Codes was reviewed here earlier this year, has written the libretto for a Burning Man-themed opera. Larissa Kyzer reviews Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox at […]

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Portlandia Makes January Okay

Posted by Jason Diamond [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIyI94acJv4&fs=1&hl=en_US] Carrie Brownstein goes from being in Sleater-Kinney to being my favorite music writer to this new show with Fred Armisen. The show premieres in January on IFC. (Via The Awl)

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