Afternoon Bites: Chats With Vanessa Veselka and Julia Wertz, Ranking the Bond Novels, Inside Keret House, and More

Julia Wertz talked with The Comics Reporter about her new collection The Infinite Wait. Book Riot ranked Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Vanessa Veselka chatted with The American Reader. The New York Times takes us inside Keret House. Edan Lepucki makes the case that literary fiction is a genre. Roxane Gay was interviewed on the subject of short stories. Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi’s Fra Keeler is out now on The Dorothy Project, and The Collagist has an excerpt. New fiction from J.A. Tyler […]

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Morning Bites: Lolita Makeover, Hemingway on The Knicks, Tesla Banjos, Vanessa Veselka, and More

“I think raising some real class-consciousness is essential to challenging the rich bastards that are eating through this world’s people and resources like Pac-Man.” Levi Asher talks to Vanessa Veselka (pictured above) at Lit Kicks. Ron Hogan talks to Rachel Shukert and Reverend Jen. Giving Lolita a new look. Ernest Hemingway shares his thoughts on New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s Resignation. Nikola Tesla meets Deliverance. A list of imported foods that make us sick. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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A year of favorites: Tobias’s Best Of 2011

Posted by Tobias Carroll This is the first of two lists of the books I read this year that I most enjoyed. This one focuses on books released this year; the other will focus around books that I encountered for the first time in 2011 that first entered the world in preceding years. [fragments] Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia is an intentionally messy book with shifting and sometimes overlapping narrators and a sense of history, both familial and musical, looming in […]

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Morning Bites: 100 years of Patchen, Downton Abbey Booker Prize, Vanessa Veselka, Yoram Kaniuk’s movement, and more

Poet Kenneth Patchen was born 100 years ago on this day. Matthew Crawley is judging next year’s Booker Prize! (You have to watch Downton Abbey for this to matter.  Also, if you haven’t seen season two, there’s a major spoiler.  Tread lightly.) How Vanessa Veselka tried to unionize Amazon. Novelist Yoram Kaniuk started a movement when he sued to become the first Israeli citizen “without religion.”  (You should consider reading his book Life on Sandpaper, which is on Dalkey.) Chloe Caldwell […]

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Morning Bites: Lovecraft turns 120, Grossman and the Woolfs, Finnish Bellow, and more

Tomorrow, August 20th, is the 120th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft. Lev Grossman talks some Virginia Woolf.  Remember last year when he wrote about Virginia’s husband in The Believer?  (We’re just trying to give you things to read this weekend.) The short list is announced for the St. Francis literary prize. The writers and their nominated books are: Kevin Brockmeier, The Illumination; Joshua Cohen, Witz; Jonathan Dee, The Privileges; Yiyun Li, Gold Boy Emerald Girl; Marlene van Niekerk, Agaat; and Brad […]

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