#tobyreads: Getting Inside Heads; Talking Literary Theories and the Beautiful Game

It seems paradoxical to write about Witold Gombrowicz’s Diary here. At well over seven hundred pages, spanning multiple decades and the writing of several major literary works of the 20th century, and encompassing correspondence, provocation, essays on aesthetics, and thoughts on Polish literature and the role of the expatriate artist, there’d still be uncovered space if we dedicated a week of Vol.1 to musings on it. Still: having sat down with it, I feel compelled to recommend it; Gombrowicz was a […]

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#tobyreads: Criticism and its Upending — Wayne Koestenbaum, Rosalind E. Krauss, and Gabriel Blackwell Provide Unexpected Views on Art

And in some years, I notice trends in my own reading. Sometimes I’ll discover the work of a particular author and end up reading almost everything they’ve written. (This has happened recently with both Geoff Dyer and Javier Marías.) This year, while I certainly suspect I’ll engage in similar behavior, I’m also planning to focus on specific areas of writing: specifically, art writing and poetry. Why? Because I know far too little about either, and that doesn’t sit all that […]

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Morning Bites: Flannery in ’59, Eugenides in England, Neal Stephenson in the Times, Wayne Koestenbaum, and more

A 1959 recording of Flannery O’Connor reading “A Good Man is Hard to Find.” Jeffrey Eugenides hangs out in England and makes a video. Wayne Koestenbaum is interviewed on The Bat Segundo Show. The Nervous Breakdown gives us their 2011 Nobbies, and it’s a fine list. Cyberpunk writer Neal Stephenson is profiled in the New York Times. Jonathan Lethem on Philip K. Dick. Forever 21 has pulled the Flipper shirt. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr.

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