Jen Vafidis If by anything, this week has been overwhelmed by the Slate Lexicon Valley podcast (Car Talk for word nerds!) and Julia Holter’s latest album, Ekstasis. I blame the weather in New York, which was way more conducive to headphones and walks than coffee and armchairs.
Afternoon Bites: The Minus Times Gets Anthologized, James Renner on “Aqualung,” The Tournament of Books Begins, And More
James Renner’s The Man From Primrose Lane is a head-spinning novel that opens as a kind of locked-room mystery and then gets exponentially weirder, and steadily more compelling. And now, Renner has made a playlist for Largehearted Boy. On “Aqualung”: “If you’re writing about creepy serial killers hunting young girls, you must download this oldie.” (Fun facts: one Vol.1 editor has been known to sing a mean “Aqualung” at karaoke.) Today marks the first matchup in 2012’s Tournament of Books: Emma Straub […]