Afternoon Bites: Tom Waits, Superhero Philosophy, Zadie Smith Interviewed, and More

Talking Tom Waits at the Los Angeles Review of Books. “I’m not ever saying anything unusual, you know? I’m just trying to think about general things just a bit more specifically.” Zadie Smith is interviewed at The Rumpus. Thom Dunn on Jonathan Hickman’s philosophical superheroes. Jason Rice has good things to say about David Gilbert’s & Sons. New diary comic from Gabrielle Bell. Scott Snyder is interviewed about horror comics, retro photos, and Batman. Cory Doctorow on Warren Ellis’s hallucinatory-sounding procedural Gun Machine. […]

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Morning Bites: Murakami’s vices, Snoop Lovecraft, My Bloody Record Label, Kalman & Pollan, and more

WFMU on the artwork of Aleksandra Waliszewska. (We especially love Dargeresque painting above.) Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman team up for an illustrated version of Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. “The pleasures of reading Haruki Murakami could easily be mistaken for a list of his vices.” – Christian Lorentzen at The Observer. Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed H.P. Lovecraft with Charlie Brown?  Wonder no more. Edward Gorey: Total fashion icon. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine starts a […]

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Morning Bites: Julie Klausner, Romance novels, Joseph Heller on war, Willa Cather, and more

NBC picked up the show Apocalipstick, which will be written and produced by the very talented Julie Klausner. The Hairpin breaks down how to write romance novels. Fixating on a Willa Cather sentence. Joseph Heller didn’t mind war that much. Steve Martin, Gillian Welch, and Ed Helms in a bluegrass mockumentary is probably the best thing of the day. Tom Waits is interviewed while sitting in a barber shop. Can somebody please front us the money to buy John Hughes’ former […]

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Weekend Bites: Less Than Zero Sequel has Less Than Awesome Cover, Tom Waits Does Shakespeare, Daniel Nester Giving Advice, and More

I agree with one HTMLGIANT commenter: the cover to the Less Than Zero sequel, Imperial Bedrooms, is horrible. Tom Waits to do Shakespeare. I’m just going to call it: the On the Road adaptation will suck. Getting around to reading everything Ralph Ellison is a task Troy Patterson at Slate is not up to. Daniel Nester gives tips for aspiring writers. Michael Schaub reviews Ten Walks/Two Talks by Jon Cotner and Andy Fitch at Bookslut. Check out our review of […]

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