In Search of Whatever: On Rob Spillman’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties”

I’m not sure if Americans being reluctant to get out and see more of the country and world is strictly a post 9/11 thing, like we’re not safe here, but we’re way less safe anywhere else, or if it’s always been this way. All I know is that I don’t see that many great books about stepping out of your comfort zone and into the back of a car or hiking for miles. There are glimmering examples, memoirs that have […]

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Afternoon Bites: Phil Collins at The Alamo, “Lost Novels” Considered, Sarah Leavitt’s Memoir, and More

Phil Collins on the Alamo, in The New Yorker. Maggie Serota on Duff McKagan’s memoir. Carolyn Kellogg on Sarah Leavitt’s graphic memoir Tangles. Merve Emre looks at Jack Kerouac’s The Sea Is My Brother and the concept of the “lost novel.” Maud Newton on the Paper app for the iPad. Jami Attenberg went outlet shopping. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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Afternoon Bites: Songs About Steinbeck, Rules From Kerouac, Heidi Julavits Interviewed, And More

“Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind” Hey, it’s the Jack Kerouac guide to life (and also to prose). At Capital New York, Jacob Silverman talks to Heidi Julavits. “What I was coming to understand, though, was that my mother did not come into the world fully formed in 1981, when I was born, that there was a complicated and somehow painful life that predated me.” Elisabeth Donnelly on watching Mad Men with her mother. Anthology Film Archives is hosting a […]

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William F. Buckley Died On This Day

William F. Buckley died on this day in 2008.  Posting about him is no way to excuse the fact that he was a Joseph McCarthy apologist, that he held bigoted views against homosexuals that would make Rick Santorum blush with delight, was one of the key players in getting Ronald Reagan elected, and a myriad of other inexcusable views and statements.

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Indexing: Bradbury signs, Gang Gang Dance DJs, Jo Walton’s “Among Others,” Johnny after The Smiths, and much more

A roundup of things consumed by our contributors. Tobias Carroll “She was looking at a record called Anarchy in the U.K. by a group called the Sex Pistols. It was a very ugly cover, but I am quite interested in anarchism because of The Dispossessed.” That’s from Jo Walton’s Among Others, a novel set in 1979 about a young woman named Morwenna attending an English boarding school. She reads voraciously; she expounds at length on the science fiction and fantasy that she’s encountering, and this […]

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