In our weekend reading: a Saul Bellow essay from 1962, an interview with Sarah Manguso, Leslie Jamison on Chris Kraus, and more.
Morning Bites: Colson Whitehead on Language, Tom Scharpling Interviewed, Roxane Gay on Indiana, Chelsea Hodson, and More
In our morning reading: new nonfiction from Colson Whitehead, Anna Prushinskaya, and Roxane Gay; interviews with Chelsea Hodson and Tom Scharpling; Russian science fiction; and more.
Afternoon Bites: xTx’s Latest, Jodorowsky Interviewed, Roz Chast’s Painted Eggs, Alan Moore’s Next Novel, and More
In our afternoon reading: an interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky, a review of xTx’s new book, news of Alan Moore’s next book, Roz Chast’s paintings on eggs, and more.
BATTING .500 TEAM OF THE YEAR: North Korea. They conducted their third underground nuclear test, sure, but without the seasoned tutelage they’d come to know and love from Kim Jong-Il, 2013 was doomed to be a rebuilding year for the scrappy upstarts from the Paris of Totalitarianism. Like so many other countries this year, they let their guard down and let VICE take over the entire nation. Akin to the too-young Los Angeles Clippers, time will tell whether this nation […]
Afternoon Bites: Postal Service Auditions, PEN/Faulkner Nominees, Matt Bell Interviewed, Illuminati Girl Gang, and More
“We live in a world that for the most part does not value what we do as writers and in response we waste our time complaining about degrees and pedigrees instead of making the big art that might actually silence our critics—or at least bring new readers back into the fold.” Matt Bell says smart things at Nineteen Questions. There is a comprehensive look at the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Observer. Also, both of these make us very excited: […]
If you don’t have plans Thursday night, consider checking out “Stalker Socialites, Robber Barons, and Illustrious Beauty: The Gilded Age’s Legacy” put on by the New York Historical Society. Tom Scharpling takes a look at the time in the future when the NBA will meet the singularity. Muumuu House makes a suicide mix for Electric Literature. Everything you thought you knew about the 1960s may have been wrong according to The Someday Funnies. Punks getting makeovers. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn […]
Lincoln Michel on the Pushcart Prize and online literary magazines: “I do enjoy the phrase “barf into the electronic void,” but most writers will tell you that online publication brings more notice most of the time.” Al Burian discusses the art of seven inches for The Brooklyn Rail. Triple Canopy is holding a marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans. Tom Scharpling directed a video for Real Estate. Bonus literary relevance: a book plays a critical role late […]
Posted by Jason Diamond If Vol. 1 events were Dean Martin Roasts, Maggie Serota would probably be our Don Rickles. She does a few events with us every year, and when she does, she’s usually one of the funniest readers of the night. Also, if Vol. 1 events were Dean Martin Roasts, that would mean I’m Dean Martin since I normally host them. Now would that make Toby the Johnny Carson? The reason I’m telling you this is because our […]