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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Morning Bites: Tom Robbins at CUNY, Chabon Sells to HBO, Gov. Haley’s Memoir and More

Back to school: Tom Robbins goes to CUNY. Michael Chabon sold a show to HBO.  Hobgoblin will be about “a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.” Robert Birnbaum talks with author Gretel Ehrlic. In honor of International Women’s Day, the BBC takes a look at feminist icon, writer and theorist, Rosa Luxemburg. Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina is working on a memoir. Etta James gets […]

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Bites: Chabon’s “Wrecked” Novel, Adam Wilson’s Forthcoming Novel, Art Books and More

At The Atlantic: Michael Chabon discusses his “wrecked” novel, Fountain City, which is partially seeing the light of day as part of McSweeney’s #36. At Galleycat: Adam Wilson finds a home for his debut novel, Flatscreen. At 3:AM Magazine: Part one in a series chronicling the grittier, hardboiled history of Minneapolis. At Flavorwire: Harry Potter cupcakes. At Jewcy: The top 10 art books of 2010.

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Simultaneous Kettles Boiling, Too Hot to Touch: Various Writers at Age 26

Posted by Nick Curley Today I turn twenty-six years old. It’s only been my birthday for ten hours, but so far this has proven the best year of my life. In the hopes of finding inspiration, and satisfaction for gnawing trivia, I looked up various names upon my bookshelf, to see what they were up to at/by the age of twenty-six. Let’s keep it chronological, in blocks of text: us mid-twenties types can think in lists and narratives, all at […]

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I Bet Michael Chabon is a Pretty Sweet Dad

I’m probably never going to read Manhood for Amateurs (sorry), but every time I read something Michael Chabon writes something about dads, being a dad, etc. I think to myself that he probably makes a pretty sweet parent. In comparing himself to his father-in-law, I think he admits that he smoked or smokes weed: “I didn’t play golf, and he had never smoked marijuana.” He married a woman who had  “a rich history of weird sex, weird jobs and weird scenes”.  […]

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Bites: Belle de Jour is Our New Favorite Hooker, Chabon in Boston, Literary Sausage, Coolio Cooks, Xiu Xiu, and More

Michael Chabon interviewed over at The Boston Globe. Lit. Move outta the way hooker with a heart of gold, Belle de Jour is the “new Pretty Woman” says The Rumpus.  (Book Deal, TV series, etc.) At The Millions, they discuss “literary sausage parties“. Jack and Jill in French. Oprah can’t take publishing with her. Black Friday ideas. Be one of the masses. You can “curl up” with these books says The Huffington Post. Coolio has a cookbook in case your […]

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Bites: Book Review Highlights, Kakutani Two-Step, Required Reading, the Millennials, and Why Our Media is Getting Scolded

Celebrated artist of the female form, Peter Paul Rubens, was “a man of controlled appetites, with a modest disposition and a reputation for tact and discretion.” He was also a diplomat, spy, and peace-maker, according to Mark Lamster’s new book “Master of Shadows.” Other Book Review Highlights: A history, slightly obsessive, of Strunk & White’s little style book.(NYT) Michael Chabon’s new essays: “First Person Masculine”?(NYT) Has anyone else noticed that James Joyce has been tryin’ to change a lot of […]

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Bites: Chabon Interviewed, Granta Changes, Literary Doppelgangers, Grand Theft Auto & Inherent Similarities, Anderson to adapt Dahl, Real Chocolate, and more

Michael Chabon is interviewed at Jacket Copy on fatherhood and the writing process: “I think in a way, that’s sort of what you’re engaged in doing as a writer, too. You come into this inheritance of things that have been done and the ways in which they have been done, and people who influence you sort of pass along what they think is important, and what they think you need to know how to do. But over time you begin […]

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