February is upon us, bringing with a host of intriguing books, from expansive historical epics to disquieting novels of suspense and horror to biographies of literary and political heroes. For whatever reason, many of the books that have caught our eye for February are due out on the 9th of the month. Perhaps it’s a pre-Valentine’s Day maneuver, because nothing says romance like narratives that bend space and time or those that run paranoia and existential dread to unsettling extremes. […]
Writing this column poses something of a conundrum, as nearly all of the reading I’ve done this week has been for upcoming freelance assignments. So expect to see more of a focus on shorter works this time out: stories and essays I’ve encountered in publications in print and online. Plus one novel about attraction, a declining Iowa town, and giant bugs.
Afternoon Bites: National Lampoon Revisited, Farewell Best Show, Laird Barron & Peter Straub, William Basinski Live, and More
Checking in with jazz musicians affected by Sandy; Laird Barron and Peter Straub hanging out; how we deal with bad reviews of art we like; and more.
Afternoon Bites: Neverending Songs, An Epic Peter Straub Interview, Free Ham, Vanessa Veselka and the Truck Stop Killer, and More
There is a sequel to the bizarre adventure comic Far Arden? Excellent. Vanessa Veselka’s “The Truck Stop Killer” may fill your daily required dosage of excellent nonfiction. Douglas Wolk explores the world of very, very long songs. Jason Rice on Marie-Helene Bertino’s “Free Ham.” Nightmare Magazine has published the first part of a lengthy interview with Peter Straub. Ben Tanzer has new fiction up at Hobart. Hyperallergic has some art world-themed costume suggestions for your young’uns. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and […]
Afternoon Bites: The Low Times Profiled, Bradford Morrow & Peter Straub Get Gothic, Protesting the Whitney Biennial, and More
The Outlet reports on the launch party for issue 15 of A Public Space. “One day I overheard two women who I am pretty sure worked for one of the Condé Nast magazines discussing a coworker who had a weight problem. I remember the conversation was casually vicious. I had an image of the two women being chased by a horde of ravenous obese people, then eaten, and I wanted to write that book.” Nick Antosca provides Book Notes for […]
Michaelangelo Matos on the Joseph Mattson-edited anthology The Speed Chronicles, out now from Akashic. Al Jaffee’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions: live. Charles Yu on 1Q84: “The novel is strongest when it sticks to its most powerful idea, the one implied by its title: the world as a kind of question.” We are very jealous of Peter Straub’s record collection. Some very good points made w/r/t Amazon, from Bookavore. Edward Champion reports from Toronto. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and […]