Rick Moody talks about The Feelies at The Rumpus. Little known fact: sometime in the Middle Ages, a blind prophet said that in 2011, the redesigning of cheap IKEA bookshelves would signal the end of books. Dan Sinker (@MayorEmanuel, Punk Planet) does Twitter fiction for Huffington Post Books. The Paris Review talks to Ishmael Reed about Juice!, his first novel in over fifteen years (on the always wonderful Dalkey Archives). Going to Germany to buy books. The Reagan and Nixon […]
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 […]
What Would George Plimpton Do (WWGPD?): Publish Roberto Bolaño
Posted by Jason Diamond Straight from the “Holy Shit Department.” Spring is almost here—and so is our spring issue! It’s an especially exciting one: We will be publishing Roberto Bolaño’s The Third Reich—our first serialized novel in forty years—with original illustrations by Leanne Shapton. This is a first edition like none other—a collector’s item, and a chance to discover Bolaño’s famous lost novel almost a year before it appears in book form. (Via Paris Review)
What Would George Plimpton Do (WWGPD?): Highbrow Wrestling Stories (With Guest Insights)
Posted by Jason Diamond Today The Paris Review published this thing Josh MacIvor-Andersen wrote called “When I got Cable.” It’s awesome because it made me think “gee, that Lorin Stein is really dipping his toes in the low brow river by letting MacIvor-Andersen write about professional wrestling.” George Plimpton would probably think that MacIvor-Andersen’s piece was “a gas” or something like that.
What Would George Plimpton Do (WWGPD?): Paris Review Imitators
Posted by Jason Diamond I read HTML GIANT every single day of the week, so how did I miss this? I wonder if Lorin Stein is laughing about this on the Paris Review blog, but behind closed doors he’s actually saying “That Jimmy Chen is a dead motherfucker!”?
Weekend Bites: 21st Century Sherlock, Paul Auster Reviewed, Franco as Bruce Nauman and More
At The Daily Beast: The 21st Century Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery. At The New York Times: The Paris Review opens up it’s archives. At Telegraph: Paul Auster’s Sunset park is reviewed: “While there are moments of intensity, beauty even, these are fleeting, bright flashes, like silver fish in a grey and weltering sea.” At Flavorwire: Citing that James Franco’s “Cultural Ubiquity Tour must roll on,” a video of the actor, writer, student in sixteen MFA programs, as Bruce Nauman. At […]
Six Degrees of Paris Review
Adam Wilson reads his “Love Letter to Elvis Costello” at our Greatest 3-Minute Record Review event then Adam Wilson publishes said letter over at The Paris Review blog. Coincidence? Absolutely not. But we like to think so.
Lorin Stein Crawls Into the Pit
I like Lorin Stein. I don’t like him because I’m hoping my poetry made the cut over at The Paris Review, or because I’m thinking he can pull some strings for me at his former job to get my post-modern take on the comedy novel published. None of that: I like Lorin Stein cause the dude rolls hard and isn’t afraid to mingle with the little people. Example: Stein crawls into the pit of godlessness known as the blog comment section, […]