At first glance, legendary film editor Walter Murch seems like an unlikely choice for a literary muse. Murch is a groundbreaking figure in film, to be sure–and, as an author, he’s written the acclaimed In the Blink of an Eye, about the craft he’s helped shape. Waves Passing in the Night: Walter Murch in the Land of the Astrophysicists is actually the second nonfiction work by an already-admired author that’s taken Murch as its subject. The first is Michael Ondaatje’s […]
In our afternoon reading: new writing from Lawrence Weschler and Jelani Cobb, Sleater-Kinney and Priests on Chris Gethard’s TV show, recommended indie press books from 2014, and more.
#tobyreads: Lost Correspondence: Dispatches From Elena Ferrante, John McPhee, Harry Mathews, and Lawrence Weschler
Four books to cover today: two works of nonfiction and two novels, one of which is deeply rooted in reality and one of which is…not. At their core is a shared fondness for transmissions: letters sent from continent to continent; artists whose work clamors for revival (or may require a late-career boost); lifelong bonds that abruptly cease to exist. Whether the setting is post-war Italy or the Soviet Union on the cusp of its dissolution, these books evoke places on […]
Indexing: An Abundance of Lawrence Weschler, Michael Roemer’s “Nothing But a Man,” Preparing For Moby-Dick, Screamy Bands, And More
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
Afternoon Bites: Jason Pierce On Making Records, Tom Bissell Interviewed, Lawrence Weschler On Wislawa Szymborska, And More
Edward Champion has posted the first of a two-part conversation with Tom Bissell. Jeanne Fury’s essay “What Metal Means to Me” is well worth your time. Folks from dälek and Third Eye Foundation (among others) have a collaborative EP up for your listening enjoyment. At The Rumpus, Lawrence Weschler talks about the death of Wislawa Szymborska. Greg Kot chats with Spiritualized guy Jason Pierce. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.