Afternoon Bites: Happy Birthday Sub Pop, Michael Chabon Doing “Casanova,” Literary Baseball, and More

“Since they first reunited in 1985, Wire has had an exceptionally weird relationship to its own past. During their commercial peak in the latter half of the 80s, they refused to play anything from the pre-breakup era, and for the first few years of their current incarnation, they mostly acted as if they’d jumped straight from Pink Flag to the year 2000.” Douglas Wolk on the latest — kind of — from Wire. What, exactly, has steampunk done to alternate history novels? If you […]

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On Shop Novels, Past and Present

Consider the campus novel. It’s a genre within literary fiction capable of encompassing works as thematically and stylistically diverse as Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, Ishmael Reed’s Japanese by Spring, and Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim. As disparate as these novels are, however, one can find certain structures in common. Though no two colleges or universities are the same, the basic structures of most are similar enough that a hierarchy of characters can be easily established. (The same could be said […]

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Afternoon Bites: Michael Chabon On Prog, Sheila Heti’s View, Inside “Bucko,” and More

Curt Pires, writer of the graphic novel LP, talks formats and comics with Tim O’Shea. Cynthia Nixon will play Emily Dickinson in a Terence Davies-directed film. Jac Jemc on Thomas Jefferson. Jeff Parker and Erika Moen are interviewed about their excellent comic Bucko. Michael Chabon dishes on his love for prog. Skylight Books’ Megan Wade is interviewed. Sheila Heti on the view from her window. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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