In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Dodie Bellamy and Peter Rock, storytelling notes from Alan Moore, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Reyan Ali on “NBA Jam,” Mitchell S. Jackson, Warwick Prize Shortlist, Sunn O))), and More
In our afternoon reading: revisiting the heyday of NBA Jam, fiction from Mitchell S. Jackson, and more.
Weekend Bites: Robert Caro’s Latest, James Baldwin’s Biography, Remember Sports, Christian Kiefer’s Playlist, and More
In our weekend reading: a review of Robert Caro’s new book, an interview with Remember Sports, and much more.
Notes on Darkness: “Season of the Witch” and Scott Walker Collaborating with Sunn O)))
Peter Bebergal’s Season of the Witch is the latest book that utilizes fonts, colors, and images that look like they could be on a cover of Creem magazine or a concert at the Filmore East (think Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and The Second Sex by Michael Robbins) to come out this year, and probably the most appropriate considering the book is about the occult’s relationship with rock music.
Drone The Day Away With The Sunn O))) Discography
I’ve always been a fan of working to instrumental music or music with spotty or otherwise absent vocals. I’m an even bigger fan of stuff that you can literally tune out, like background noise to break up the silence, but not distract you from the task at hand. That’s why it should be no surprise that Sunn O))) is usually playing over my speakers when I’m writing.
Talking Noise Lit With John Wray
By Jason Diamond Last week on The Faster Times, I gave my thoughts on the musical highlights of 2009, and made mention of what I like to call “noise lit,” including writers that are drawn to noise and drone like Blake Butler, Dennis Cooper, and also John Wray’s publicchampioning of Sunn O))). I’ve long found it interesting that what might be considered ‘unlistenable’ by some is actually influencing some fine writing. So, I decided to bother John Wray.
Bites: The kids got a new Catch-22, Ray Bradbury knows how to party, Malt Whitman, and more
Everybody has one of those books that you have always meant to read, but never seem to get around to, and mine is Catch-22. The Guardian asks what is “The New Generation’s Catch-22“, and now I’m wondering should I just give up on Joseph Heller’s novel, and check in on what ‘the kids’ are reading? There’s gonna be a Ray Bradbury birthday up in this mofo. (via Boing Boing) Amazon is getting sued by a 17-year-old because his copy of […]
Extra, Extra! John Wray Writes to Music.
New York’s latest literary initiate and Vol. 1 alumnus John Wray, whose third novel Lowboy was published to critical acclaim last month, has provided the New York Times’ Paper Cuts with a playlist of seven songs that helped him write the book. Apparently, his last two novels were written in silence, inside and at a desk — an “office” in all senses of the word. But Wray has always coveted “workspaces,” if only for the romantic idea that loud, unrestrained […]