Afternoon Bites: Edelstein on “Gatsby,” Jenny Hval, Joe Hill’s Latest, Artist Novels, and More


“The best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s much-anticipated/much-dreaded The Great Gatsby is that, for all its computer-generated whoosh and overbroad acting, it is unmistakably F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.David Edelstein’s review of a certain film that’s highly anticipated around these parts is now up.

Jenn Pelly interviewed Jenny Hval for Pitchfork.

“It’s the fact that NOS4A2—a relentless, profoundly disturbing monster of a book—reads at every level like King’s work at its prime, a discomfiting mix of the otherworldly and quotidian, seeded with buried psychic traumas and iconic representations of pure evil.” At Slant, thoughts on Joe Hill’s latest novel and generations of writers. (This interview with Joe Hill and Owen King is also worth reading.)

Jacket Copy on author/publisher/actor Ken Baumann, whose Solip is out this month.

Blonde Art Books talked with the people behind The Book Lovers, a project on artist novels.

Flavorwire is running a short fiction contest.

For a May 23rd event, McNally Jackson is looking to assemble “a panel of film/video artists who specialize in poetry films, films based on short stories or documentaries about writers or the writing process.” If you fit into that, you may want to email musa (at)

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