In our afternoon reading: a review of Tessa Fontaine’s memoir, the case for novellas, and much more.
In our Friday morning reading: Saeed Jones and Lincoln Michel talk fellowships, new writing from Vivian Gornick, revisiting a Neil Young film from 1982, predicting the end of “Mad Men,” and more.
Morning Bites: Patricia Lockwood Interviewed, Wendy C. Ortiz, Ben Tanzer’s Essays, Richard Reed Parry Reviewed, and More
Interviews with Patricia Lockwood and Wendy C. Ortiz, thoughts on new albums from Neil Young and Richard Reed Parry, reviews of books by Ben Tanzer and Brandon Hobson, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Kurt Weill in Santa Monica, Daniel Alarcón Interviewed, Neil Young Live, Laura van den Berg, and More
This afternoon: interviews with Laura van den Berg and Daniel Alarcón, a new Neil Young live album gets reviewed, Kurt Weill in California, and more.
Photo by Adam Whitney Nichols Neil Young is an old man. This is something that happens to rock stars, and seems to take a fair number of them by surprise. Some reinvent themselves into irrelevance, some settle into catatonic nostalgism, and others simplylose control. Young, by these standards, has aged surprisingly well. His two hour set at the Sean Carter Memorial Rustodome this Monday was, with some misguided theatrical exceptions, a triumph: Young seems to be the rare aging musical titan whose newer work […]
Posted by Jason Diamond I eagerly await the Blue Rider Press release of Neil Young’s memoir, tentatively titled Waging Heavy Peace. But until I can get my grubby hands on a copy, I will wonder about a few things: 1. Will he dedicate an entire chapter to discuss the recording sessions for his 1982 album Trans? 2. Will he talk about his time playing alongside Rick James in the Motown Records band The Mynah Birds? 3. Will there be any discussion […]
Passover Bites: Franzen’s Cover, Warhol’s Pals, Cheever’s Story, Atwood’s Addiction, Kerman’s Excerpt, Neil Young on Skype, and More
Jonathan Franzen has a new novel coming out and The Millions show us the cover. The New Republic posted a John Cheever story from 1936. Margaret Atwood might need a Twitter intervention. Levi Asher on Reality Hunger. An excerpt from Piper Kerman’s book, Orange is the New Black. Andy Warhol had a lot of friends that he took pictures of. Neil Young, Jonathan Demme, and Skype. Titus Andronicus and rock from New Jersey. Bluto, Otter, D-Day, Boehner, Cantor, Brown, and […]
I used to think that most MV & EE stuff was too hit-or-miss for me to bother picking up, but then 2009 happened to them, and it changed my perception. Earlier in the year, there was the fantastic Drone Trailer, and now their latest offering on Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace label, Bara Nova, gets pretty close to making me think I’m listening to Neil Young jam with Royal Trux. MV + EE, “Feelin’ Fine“