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 […]

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Morning Bites: Ellen Willis Roundtable, Frankenstein, Woody On Camera, John Carter Bomb, And More

Sasha Frere-Jones, Emily Gould, and Sara Marcus talk Ellen Willis in a roundtable discussion at Bookforum. Ruth Franklin at The New Republic wonders if Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was really about childbirth. Will John Carter be a huge bomb?  If it is, what will Michael Chabon do? The violin maker of Brooklyn. Woody’s getting back in front of the camera. The five best quotes from the Bradford Cox interview at Pitchfork. Alexei Navalny, part of the Yale World Fellows Class of 2010, […]

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Morning Bites: Chabon cover, Columbia College lays off fiction, “Animal Farm” hope, Israeli author protection program, and more

That’s the Stax Records/60s bubblegum/Soul Train inspired cover of Michael Chabon’s forthcoming Telegraph Avenue.  (Via Sarah Weinman’s Twitter) While you’re at AWP in Chicago, you should stop by Columbia College and see why they’re laying off the Chair of the Fiction Writing Department.  Seems worth checking out. Your Longread suggestion of the day is at The Atlantic: “How ‘Animal Farm’ Gave Hope to Stalin’s Refugees.” Then move on to this Los Angeles Review of Books essay on Bruno Schulz. They’re […]

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This Is What Happens When You Mess With Michael Chabon

  Yesterday we made mention of a piece written by Jacob Silverman for Tablet, where Silverman made the point that sometimes great novelists get into the world of writing screenplays for television or movies, and they don’t always have the easiest time getting back into the groove of writing great books. 

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Michael Chabon In Hollywood

It’s funny how things changes when you learn one of your favorite writers is behind a project you were initially skeptical of.  In this case it’s finding out about Michael Chabon’s involvement with the upcoming Disney film, John Carter, has made me quite curious after seeing commercials for the film and muttering an “Ehhhh…”  Chabon co-wrote the screenplay for the film, and coupled with his upcoming work with HBO, it would seem he’s finally getting on the right track when it comes to getting […]

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Bites: Kim Kardashian vs. the Countess of Grantham, 2012 books, Tin House picks,The Men, and more

At Grantland: Downton Abbey vs. The Kardashian’s John Irving, Toni Morrison, and Michael Chabon all have books on The Atlantic’s books to look forward to in 2012 list. Scott McClanahan talks to 3:AM Magazine. On reading Jennifer Egan in Africa.  (Not the same as reading Jennifer Egan while listening to “Africa“) Tin House picks their favorite books of 2011. At Salon: Stumbling upon a treasure trove of Yiddish theatre posters. One person isn’t as excited about forthcoming album by The […]

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Morning Bites: Banjamin Hale goes Greek, Chabon for the kids, Rookie, Jill Abramson, and more

The new issue of Paris Review is out.  Appearances by Lydia Davis, Dennis Cooper, Geoff Dyer, and more. Benjamin Hale contributes an essay over at Fortnight Journal. While we were busy cooking hot dogs and celebrating not having to labor, everybody wrote about Tavi Gevinson’s new site Rookie.  We’re excited about it also, so we figured if for some reason you missed out on hearing about it, we just hooked you up. Today Jill Abramson begins as executive editor at […]

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