In our afternoon reading: interviews with Chelsea Wolfe and Anil Dash; Michael Chabon writing lyrics; notes on a late-period Billy Wilder film; and more,
News of Alison Bechdel’s new project, the cover of Jami Attenberg’s new book, notes on Leonard Cohen, new fiction from Mairead Case, and more.
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 […]
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 […]
Indexing: Anticipating the Brooklyn Book Festival, Listening to Gates & Wimps, Reading Proust, Isaiah Berlin, Hipster Christianity, and More
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
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.
Hope Larson adapted Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time as a graphic novel. Ta-Nehisi Coates on Michael Chabon’s prose. Jason Santa Maria has some things to say about typefaces. Victor LaValle was interviewed at NPR. Perhaps the only time you’ll see “Liturgy” and “a capella Shellac cover” in the same sentence. Gabrielle Gantz on Nick Hornby’s More Baths Less Talking. Indie booksellers in NYC recommend their preferred fall books. Madeleine Miller’s essay “Writing at Six Miles an Hour” is quite good. […]
Morning Bites: Updike and the Universe, Early Chabon, Fitzgerald’s Love, Shirley MacLaine Talks Downton and More
At The Paris Review: Our own Jason Diamond discusses the influence F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first love (and the town she came from) had on him. John Updike: Lover of the universe. An early look at Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue at The Atlantic Wire. Michele Filgate talks to Karolina Waclawiak at Capital New York. Brooklyn Based has a report from the Amor Towles reading underneath the Brooklyn Bridge. Rachel Syme looks into why Dawn Powell’s diaries won’t sell. Shirley MacLaine talks Downton […]