Bites: On Herzog, Smut Saves Publishing, Sampsell’s Playlist, Bob Dylan the Phony and More

Ploughshares on Herzog. Einstein the agnostic. Publishing is going to be okay, thanks to smut. Kevin Sampsell gives Largehearted Boy a chapbooks worth of music he likes. Read about somebody listening to music in Montreal over at the McSweeney’s. If the “voice of the generation” turned out to be a phony, what would that mean?   Joni Mitchell accused Bob Dylan of plagiarism and The Daily Beast discusses it. Coffee House Press to put out another winner:  Big Other tells you […]

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Herzog’s 3 Films a Year

I feel like you learn something new and interesting about Werner Herzog everyday. “When you look at Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese, they are obsessed by viewing films. They see one film after the other. And it’s the joy of their lives and their points of reference. In my case, it’s kind of different. I see maybe three or four films a year. Probably less than the average moviegoer.” The admission seemed genuine, and one imagines that this approach accounts […]

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Bites: Herzog’s La Bohème, Why Blog?, New Maugham Bio, Prometheus’ Authorship, more

Werner Herzog’s characteristically bizarre short film The Millions thinks the New Yorker’s been exceptional lately.  We cosign, wholeheartedly. Emdashes proposes a panel called “Why Keep Blogging?” for next March’s South by Southwest interactive festival.  Help her out by showing your support. There’s a new biography of Somerset Maugham: The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selena Hastings. Revisiting the question of authorship in Frankenstein. How much carbon dioxide are you helping emit RIGHT NOW?

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Bites: Dave Eggers preorder, Tao Lin tackles Herzog, New England lit. Bowerbirds, reading rappers, James Franco, classic albums

That ol’ rascal Dave Eggers has got (as broken down by a user comment on this site) a book coming out that’s a novelization of a movie that is based off a book. Or something along those lines. Either way, you can preorder the book starting now. On his blog, Tao Lin reviews Werner Herzog’s Land of Silence and Darkness. Moby-Dick is #1, The Bell Jar #4, Walden #12 (me: “wtf, #12? That’s it?”), and The Crucible is #43 in […]

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