In our afternoon reading: interviews with Julianna Barwick and Jerry Stahl, Charlie Jane Anders on writing, and more.
There aren’t many authors today who are willing to revisit the Holocaust and write about it. But then again, most authors aren’t Jerry Stahl, who has the chutzpah to pull it off masterfully. The author of Permanent Midnight (1995), I, Fatty (2004), and OG Dad (2015), was feeling depressed in 2016, and he wanted to feed his unhappiness to quell his demons. So, he scheduled a trip to Poland and Germany to tour the Nazi death camps. His mode of travel – a charter bus replete with a tour guide who was well-versed on Hitler, Koch, Mengele, and other lunatics who found joy in torturing and killing Jews. Stahl chronicles his experience in Nein, Nien, Nein! One Man’s Tale of Depression, Psychic Torment, and a Bus Tour of the Holocaust. Throughout the book, released this week, Stahl writes exactly what he thinks, and some of his thoughts – such as “Hitler ripped the world apart like a child tearing the head off a doll” – reminds reader of just how horrific the events that occurred at the death camps were. The author’s witty prose is appreciated because without levity a trip around the concentration camp horn would make any man or woman beg for mercy. His ability to provide his readers with a seat on the bus to experience the tour is exceptional. There was only one man for this job, and that man is Jerry Stahl.
There are now two kinds of parenting books. The first group deals with the ins and outs of parenthood and babies, usually offer general guidelines that may or may not apply to your case, and tackle the uncomfortable realities of managing a baby with varying degrees of wit and humor. Then there is Jerry Stahl’s OG Dad, perhaps the only parenting book that uses equal amounts of hilarity, emotional grit, outstanding prose, and unrelenting honesty to approach parenthood and the […]
Morning Bites: Luc Sante on Paris, Claire Vaye Watkins, Jerry Stahl Interviewed, Notable Book Covers, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Luc Sante and Jerry Stahl, a new essay from Claire Vaye Watkins, Margaret Eby on comic Southern fiction, and more.
Morning Bites: Djuna Barnes on Film, Sarah McCarry, “Decline of Western Civilization” Revisited, Jerry Stahl’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: adapting Djuna Barnes for film, thoughts on new books by Jerry Stahl and Jim Shepard, an excerpt from Sarah McCarry’s new novel, and more.
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Tommy Pico and Jamie Iredell, interviews with Jessica Hopper and Jerry Stahl, and much more.
Morning Bites: Mitchell S. Jackson, Jessica Hopper Interviewed, Printing Wikipedia, Zodiac-Inspired Hardcore, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Jessica Hopper and Mitchell S. Jackson, printing Wikipedia, a conversation with Jerry Stahl, and more.
Morning Bites: Joshua Cohen Interviewed, Lydia Lunch and Jerry Stahl, Laird Hunt on History, and More
In our morning reading: an interview with Joshua Cohen, talking books with Lydia Lunch and Jerry Stahl, Binyavanga Wainaina and Janelle Monae, new writing from Laird Hunt, and more.