Afternoon Bites: Helen Oyeyemi, Matthew Volz, “Family Fang” Film, and more

At Chapter 16, Tina LoTufo talks with Kevin Wilson about Nicole Kidman’s plans to star in a cinematic adaptation of his novel The Family Fang. Wait a second — Drag City released a Crisis of Conformity 7″? Impose talks with Matthew Volz, whose artwork for The Beets is surreal and oftentimes amazing. Mike Davis, whose Nomad Codes was reviewed here earlier this year, has written the libretto for a Burning Man-themed opera. Larissa Kyzer reviews Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox at […]

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The Beets Worship The Fugs

Posted by Jason Diamond This isn’t really surprising or anything; their first album was very heavily influenced by Tuli Kupferberg, Ed Sanders and Co.  But listening to The Beets recorder filled Daytrotter sessions, I’m now more than willing to say that they’ve finally usurped The Black Lips as carriers of the Fug flame. Download all the tracks here.

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Best Song/Video of Today: The Beets

It’s pretty safe to say that The Beets are one of my favorite bands around today, and I find it incredibly awesome that they are about to hit the road with Beach Fossils and Christmas Island. As a tribute to all of that, I’m posting this video, and also the tour dates so you can go check out what I’m talking about. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK6XGejMt9Y&hl=en_US&fs=1&] 02/09 – New York, NY Cake Shop 02/10 – New Haven, CT Cafe Nine 02/11 – Boston, […]

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Bites: Fancy Cocktails, Dick is Good for Divorce, German Publishers, Cheshire Cat as Math, Stephen Elliott at WORD, The Replacements, and More

Our favorite Bay Area bookstore takes a look at old cocktail books. Lit. Want a smooth divorce?  Read Moby-Dick. At The Millions, Emily St. John Mandel talks about writing on trains. Designworklife takes a look at German book publisher, Zeixs. If Sarah Palin is coming to your local supermarket to sign books, please get rid of the tomatoes. N+1 discussion between conservative writers Ross Douthat and Reihan Salaam. Shakespeare characters write letters to Santa. Q: Why did Lewis Carroll add […]

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Bites: Get Crazy About Nabokov, Zadie Smith, Tao Lin’s Stuff, John Irving is Worried, New Magnetic Fields, The Beets at a Museum, and More.

Let’s go crazy about Nabokov! On the Media talks to Ron Rosenbaum of Slate about his conflicted feelings over the publication of The Original of Laura. Aleksandar Hemon is sorta against Laura seeing the light of day. Nabokov specimen covers. Lit. Village Voice on Zadie Smith’s collection of essays, Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays. Tao Lin will sell you a bunch of his stuff for a really good price. John Irving is worried about me?  I was worried about John […]

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Bites: Twilight, The Beets, Leonard Michaels, and asking what really matters anymore?

Hipster Runoff “tries to understand Twilight, without actually reading it.” And in doing so, writes just about the only thing on the movie/book that I’ve ever cared enough to read about. Vol. 1 Story Series reader, and contributor to the site, Tobias Carroll went to go see The Beets, Golden Triangle, and Thee Oh Sees (maybe the best lineup of the summer), and this is what he thought. Tablet discusses the essays of the late Leonard Michaels Carrie Brownstein asks […]

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