Here’s the Unnerving Trailer For Dennis Cooper and Zac Farley’s “Permanent Green Light”

Around these parts, we are huge admirers of the works of Dennis Cooper, whether it’s fiction or nonfiction, novels told in GIFs or his comprehensive blogging. Recently, Cooper has been working on a film, Permanent Green Light, in collaboration with Zac Farley. Later this month, it will be shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and a trailer has been released–which uses minimal music and one image that’s beyond unsettling to powerful effect.

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So Lee Ranaldo and Jonathan Lethem Wrote Some Songs Together

We here at Vol.1 Brooklyn are admirers of the music of Lee Ranaldo–both his work as a solo artist and his considerable body of work with Sonic Youth. (We talked with him in 2012, in fact.) We’re also quite fond of the writings of Jonathan Lethem. Needless to say, then, we were quite pleased to hear that Ranaldo and Lethem collaborated on several songs for the former’s forthcoming album Electric Trim.

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Reading This Year’s Whiting Award Winners

This year’s Whiting Award winners were announced at a ceremony last night. Each was chosen “based on the criteria of early-career achievement and the promise of superior literary work to come.” The list includes several writers responsible for work we’ve been particularly impressed by in recent years, including Tony Tulathimutte and Kaitlyn Greenidge. The complete list of winners follows.

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The Trailer For Lidia Yuknavitch’s “The Book of Joan” Shows An Ominous Future

Two years ago, when we interviewed Lidia Yuknavitch, she mentioned that her next novel was “based on a revisiting of Joan of Arc.” Later this year, that novel, The Book of Joan, will be released. It’s a book that takes the historical narrative of Joan of Arc and transports it into a futuristic setting; needless to say, we’re incredibly excited to read it. And now there’s a trailer for it, which gives a sense of the book’s landscape. You can […]

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A George Saunders Radio Drama (More or Less)

I grew up in a house with a lot of records, one of which was an evocative recording of Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood narrated by Thomas and featuring a larger vocal cast, echoing its roots as a radio drama commissioned by the BBC. In the years since then, some recordings of books have taken a page from the radio drama playbook: the audio version of Max Brooks’s World War Z echoed the novel’s oral history structure, and featured a […]

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