Morning Bites: Anti-Putin punk, Malick’s muse, On Englander, fantasy illustrators, and more

“They were dressed in summery short dresses and tights, but brightly colored balaclavas masked their faces. Dancing frantically to keep warm, they launched into a song that could be delicately titled “Putin Got Scared,” though the lyrics in Russian were ruder than that.” – Pussy Riot, our new favorite band on the planet, gets profiled by NPR. Gary Shteyngart, Douglas Rushkoff, and a bunch of other smart folks weigh in on Facebook $5 billion dollar IPO at Motherboard. At Tablet: Adam […]

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Morning Bites: Gary Shteyngart’s blurbs, Sheila Heti talks to Didion, the bones of Cervantes, and more

So many jokes about being quixotic: searching for the bones of Cervantes. What does Lord Grantham’s Downton Abbey family have in common with Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof? The collected blurbs of Gart Shteyngart. Sheila Heti talks to Joan Didion in the latest issue of The Believer.  There’s an exclusive excerpt up now. Hannah Arendt: not the biggest fan of Israel. Lana Del Ray was better in Sixteen Candles than she was on this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live. Follow […]

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Morning Bites: Thatcher movie, Bill O’Reilly’s still an idiot, nightcaps, short story problems, and more

Meryl Streep, Margaret Thatcher, and Madness (the band) in one trailer. Here’s a total shocker for you: A Fox News host wrote a book and it’s riddled with factual errors. The libraries of Junot Díaz, James Wood, Gary Shteyngart, and others. Is there a problem with short stories?  Josh Spilker thinks there might be, and he discusses it at Impose.  (Hint: Yelp) If you’re looking for the rules of an honorable nightcap, look no further. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and […]

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Morning Bites: Writers for Occupy Oakland, Edith Wharton, Bosworth’s e-chap, Weather Underground, Chip Kidd,

Dave Eggers, Michael Pollan, and other writers denounce the City of Oakland’s response to the Occupy protests. Professor Edith Wharton teaches class at HTML Giant. Mel Bosworth and Christy Crutchfield have a new e-chapbook out on Deckfight called The Five Lost Senses of Carl. Chip Kidd is going to write a Batman graphic novel. Gary Shteyngart talks to The Atlantic. So on that movie Anonymous about William Shakespeare… A 1976 documentary on the Weather Underground. Women from the 1930s dressed like mythological […]

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“Day of the Oprichnik” Wins Best Book Cover of 2011 in First Month of the Year

Posted by Jason Diamond I was excited to read this before it arrived at my desk yesterday, but the cover art for Vladimir Sorokin’s Day of the Oprichnik (out March 22nd on Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is so incredibly sweet, that it seemed appropriate to give out the award this prematurely. Does this beat out the prior #1 best example of Russian book cover featuring a bear? 

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Weekend Bites: Syd Barrett Biography, Nora Ephron, Fox News Reliable Source, Shteyngart + Moody And More

At Boston Globe: Talking about a new a new Syd Barrett biography. At The New York Times: Nora Ephron is the 69-year-old that I’d most like to hang out with. At The Guardian: Christopher Hitchens may have cancer, but he can still kick Tony Blair’s ass at a debate. At Mediate:  Fox News is finally using The Onion as a source. At Beatrice: Shteyngart and Moody to do some sci-fi.

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