Dave Hill’s Heavy Friends

We already gave Dave Hill the award for best book trailer of 2012, so there wasn’t much left to do for a followup other than to invite Dick Cavett and Malcolm Gladwell over to talk Tasteful Nudes. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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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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Weekend Bites: Less Than Zero Sequel has Less Than Awesome Cover, Tom Waits Does Shakespeare, Daniel Nester Giving Advice, and More

I agree with one HTMLGIANT commenter: the cover to the Less Than Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, is horrible. Tom Waits to do Shakespeare. I’m just going to call it: the On the Road adaptation will suck. Getting around to reading everything Ralph Ellison is a task Troy Patterson at Slate is not up to. Daniel Nester gives tips for aspiring writers. Michael Schaub reviews Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch at Bookslut. Check out our review of […]

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I Don’t Like Mondays/Smurfs/Long Pieces by Malcolm Gladwell

It’s Monday, it’s raining, and they’re filming the (live action?) Smurfs movie right outside my office window. Thankfully, The New Yorker put up some of their content online prior to my hands touching the print version.  This week, Ben Greenman talks about Mike Patton, Witz gets reviewed, and oh look, Malcolm Gladwell writes what might not be a five (internet) page review of a book that I’m probably never going to read. Somebody please confirm that this is indeed a […]

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Bites: Willy Loman Gets Some Respect, Gladwell Writes a Letter, Chomsky’s Eye, Beth Ditto as a Hero, Oprah Fucks Over the Book Industry, and More

“He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being”.  Actually Linda Loman, I think in regards to your husband, it’s the other way around. According to this list, your husband Willy stands alongside The Wandering Jew, Betty Boop, and Shylock as the 100 most influential people who never lived. Lit. Gore Vidal rips William F. Buckley.  No response from Buckley, because he’s dead. Leo Tolstoy is also dead.  Today is the anniversary of him dying. Malcolm […]

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Bites: Gladwell is Analyzed, Zizek on Post-Communism, the “Weirdness” of Health Insurance, and more

Malcolm Gladwell The internet is a-twitter with three things this morning: the anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the health care bill, and Maureen Tkacik’s Nation piece,  “Malcolm Gladwell for Dummies.” HTMLGIANT’s Justin Taylor sees the essay as more than just a piece on Gladwell, but also “worth looking at…in light of [the] ongoing discussion of what good criticism can or should look like.”  The Millions wonders if this is “a tipping point for Gladwell haters.” Berlin Wall […]

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