Afternoon Bites: Iceage’s Latest, William Boyd’s Bond, Jonathan Ames’s Chandler Tribute, and More

Brandon Stosuy on Iceage’s You’re Nothing: “These are the sentiments of early 70s NYC punk made by kids who can look back on hardcore and post-punk to add fuel to it.” “As a writer, you’re able to set up characters where they play out violent fantasies. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone you hated could be hung upside down in a barn and whipped with a riding crop? Well, no, it’s dreadful. But as a writer, you have the liberty […]

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Afternoon Bites: Inside “Smells Like Nirvana,” Kermit Oliver, Masha Gessen on Daylight Savings Time, and More

Eric Raymond’s Confessions From a Dark Wood is out now, and has blurbs from Sam Lipsyte and Blake Butler. So that’s promising. This Texas Monthly piece on artist Kermit Oliver is one of the best works of nonfiction you’ll read this year. Masha Gessen on daylight savings time in Russia. Christopher R. Weingarten uncovers the secret history of “Smells Like Nirvana.” The Fanzine talks with Eli Horowitz about The Silent History and his other projects. Jonathan Ames answers 21 questions for New York. At […]

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Morning Bites: Shel Silverstein archive, The Royal Foers, Crystal Stilts, and more

So many treasures from the Shel Silverstein archive. New idea for a Wes Anderson movie: The Royal Foers, starring Jonathan, Joshua, Franklin, and their monopoly fighting father. Jonathan Ames writes about his life as a bachelor. Marc Maron talks to Conan. Keegan Cooke of Crystal Stilts makes a pretty fine soul mixtape for Magnet. The classical Christmas music you should be listening to. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Morning Bites: Canceled to Death, The Hobbit, Helen DeWitt, gospel records, Paul Murray, and more

Bored to Death was canceled (bummer), and Jonathan Ames wants you to come down and have one last toast for the show. The trailer for The Hobbit is out. At the Observer: Michael H. Miller profiles Helen DeWitt. Paul Murray talks about his Paris Review short story. Mike McGonigal is interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard about collecting gospel records. (We interviewed him last February.  Check it out.) Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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HBO is one step closer to looking like your bookshelf

Posted by Jason Diamond The title of this post is the answer to the question, “What do Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Sam Lipsyte, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Ames, Michael Chabon, Malcolm Gladwell, and now Karen Russell all have in common?” From The Hollywood Reporter: HBO is going to Florida with Scott Rudin. The premium cable network has picked up Swamplandia, a half-hour comedy project from Rudin based on Karen Russell’s book of the same name.

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Jonathan Ames Wants to Feel Something “Real”

I’m gonna guess that Jonathan Ames has a lot more money than I do.  I’m going to also guess that he has more money than about 85% of the readership of this blog.  That is why I gotta ask if he is becoming one of those people who has hefty bank accounts, that needs to “feel something,” so he does illegal stuff like breaking into Broadway shows: Mr. Ames sent a text message on Monday evening: “Meet at Algonquin and […]

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Conversation: Michael Hearst

By Jason Diamond Michael Hearst has one of the most impressive resumes of just about anybody I can think of. His band One Ring Zero had Denis Johnson, Jonathan Ames, Michael Chabon, Myla Goldberg, and others contribute lyrics to the album, As Smart as We Are. He’s involved in the Cassette From my Ex project, a multi-instrumentalist that has toured with The Magnetic Fields, a writer that has contributed to McSweeney’s, and from what I gather, a pretty nice guy. […]

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