Afternoon Bites: Talking With Ken Baumann, Elmore Leonard on Films, Short Songs, Kyle Minor, and More

There is a decidedly eerie portrait of Sam Lipsyte on the cover of this week’s Portland Mercury. (More details here.) Elisabeth Donnelly has a new essay up at The Paris Review. Elmore Leonard on westerns. The Collagist has an excerpt up from Katherine Bucknell’s +1. Kyle Minor was interviewed at Identity Theory. Douglas Wolk on the art of short songs. Blake Butler interviewed Ken Baumann. THE2NDHAND founder Todd Dills is raising funds for a new collection of stories. Calum Marsh on the […]

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Afternoon Bites: Edelstein on “Gatsby,” Jenny Hval, Joe Hill’s Latest, Artist Novels, and More

“The best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.” David Edelstein’s review of a certain film that’s highly anticipated around these parts is now up. Jenn Pelly interviewed Jenny Hval for Pitchfork. “It’s the fact that NOS4A2—a relentless, profoundly disturbing monster of a book—reads at every level like King’s work at its prime, a discomfiting mix of the otherworldly and quotidian, seeded with buried […]

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Afternoon Bites: Michael Kimball’s Postcards, Will Oldham at Lincoln Center, Paint it Black Gets Literary, and More

Pitchfork has a history up of Belle and Sebastian’s If You’re Feeling Sinister. At NPR, Will Hermes looked at Will Oldham’s recent Lincoln Center shows. Long-running Philadelphia hardcore group Paint it Black has a new 7″ out soon called Invisible. Song number 5 is titled “D.F.W.” Can you evoke a footnote in a breakdown? We’ll know the answer to that very soon. Ken Baumann — whose novel Solip is out on Tyrant Books in May — compares writing for television with […]

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Matthew Simmons Wins Twitter

The work of Seattle writer Matthew Simmons has long impressed us. (We reviewed his A Jello Horse in 2010.) But he outdid himself with this utterly inspired take on a certain profane HBO series. @matthewjsimmons: you have won Twitter for today. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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