Musicians have been a presence in fiction for years, and are unlikely to depart its pages any time soon. Whether exploring the privileged life of a rock star or focusing on the gritty reality of a struggling drummer or guitarist, men and women making music exert an undeniable pull on the imagination of writers.
Maura Johnston chats with Greg Dulli, of the recently-reunited Afghan Whigs. Fred Armisen on John Waters. Jeff Chang on the life and legacy of the late Chuck Brown. A new essay from J.E. Reich on Thought Catalog. Adam Levin, interviewed on KCRW. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
Hot Pink by Adam Levin McSweeney’s; 256 p. Adam Levin’s mammoth The Instructions was memorable not only for its size but for the number of levels on which it worked. Most notably, it evoked over its thousand-plus pages a complex series of conflicts relating to relationships, families, faith, and education, while also incorporating multiple (sometimes unreliable) narrators, textual experimentation, and metafictional riffs on the dilemma of translation. Did I mention that it’s also a deeply readable story, an unlikely […]
We’ve been waiting for tonight for a long time. Adam Levin, Adam Wilson and Karolina Waclawiak at PowerHouse Arena at 7PM tonight. Free beer and ballons provided by Uncle Dave Eggers and his merry band of McSweeney’s people. Got a question you think Jason Diamond should ask during our live Q&A? Let us know either via comment or Twitter using the hashtag #AdamLevinQuestions and also RSVP at Facebook. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr
Morning Bites: Celebrity Robots, Adam Levin and a Porn Star, Southern Bromances, Moshe Kasher, and More
The first celebrity robot is back. Thoughts on an Emma Goldman biography written while listening to Sisters of Mercy at Jacobian. Adam Levin talks to porn star Kayden Kross Pt. 1 and Pt. 2. Stalin’s sticking around on Russian notebooks in schools. Michael Silverblatt talked to Moshe Kasher on KCRW’s Bookwork. Great bromances in Southern literature. Also in Southern literature: The Death of it. That time Pixies were on 120 Minutes. A little tribute to Jane Goodall. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google […]
Weekend Bites: MTV Book to Movie, This American Life, Retraction, Studs Terkel Century, RADAR Lab Benefit, And More
One of our favorite books of 2010 was Adam Levin’s mammoth novel The Instructions, and we’re incredibly excited to hear that he has a new collection out on McSweeney’s: Hot Pink. His publisher has this to say about it: …in the stories of “Hot Pink,” Levin delivers nine smaller worlds, snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic dollmakers, textbook lovers, dirty old men, insecticidal fathers, nervous comedians, angry mimes, and a dumptruck covered with balloons–all shaken together, colliding and embracing. […]
The photography of Clover Adams. We’re already fans of the Slate Book Review. “There isn’t a moment of lag here. If someone’s not being killed or beaten, he’s being shaken down, spied on, bedded or conned.” Adam Levin talks about James Ellroy’s American Tabloid on NPR’s All Things Considered. Daphne Carr celebrates the life and work of Frank Tovey and makes us all want to go listen to more Fad Gadget. The week that was: Tobias talked to Christian Wargo. Wargo was […]