In our afternoon reading: Jim Ruland on Fernando Pessoa, an excerpt from Tommy Pico’s new book, an interview with Megan Abbott, and more.
Bites: Spinozamania, Reagan the Greatest (???), Lipsyte Hates Cheats, Oscarless Hitchcock, Emma “The Real Deal” Straub and More
Part 3 of The Guardian’s fantastic series on Baruch Spinoza. Part 1 can be found here, part 2 here. Sam Lipsyte hates cheaters. Why do students want to go to more elite colleges? Glad people are catching on that “Emma Straub is the real deal.” Alfred Hitchcock never won on Oscar. A good chunk of the population think Ronald Reagan is the greatest president ever.
Woody Allen likes the shitty Woody Allen films. Jennifer Egan interviewed at The Rumpus. Wilson, by Daniel Clowes, is reviewed. Tolstoy and the Mormons. 20 writers to watch. T.S. Eliot and Cats. Secrets of Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Every time I watch a Hitchcock film I’m on edge anticipating the moment where the director will show up for a brief second. Thanks to whoever made this video, I now know all the spots to look for.