In our afternoon reading: checking in with Nick Cave, talking couscous with Leda, Lore Segal is interviewed, the Queens Museum is discussed, and much more.
Afternoon Bites: Amy Klein on Kurt Vile, Bowie’s Diagrams, Colm Tóibín, David Abrams on World Book Night, and More
“Now some small part of the grand tradition of the lone American troubadour belongs only to him. He is a natural and unaffected heir to its tropes of the individual. And by now, on his fifth album, he sounds like an elder statesman of a country of his own making — one located somewhere between past and present, inside and outside, complete isolation and complete connection.” Amy Klein on Kurt Vile’s latest. Kory Grow on the last days of Bleecker […]
New Jersey: home to Trenton’s passive-aggressive “The World Takes” sign, the much-derided Shore, one memorable example of cryptozoology (i.e. the Jersey Devil), the Meadowlands, and legions of fantastic bands. The second edition of Vol.1 Brooklyn’s podcast takes an inside look at the Garden State. Amy Rebecca Klein (of Hilly Eye and Leda, and formerly of Titus Andronicus) talks about the shows she saw and played in her formative years; Maggie Serota, co-founder of Low Times podcast, tells harrowing stories of selling […]
Etgar Keret writes about going on a book tour just weeks after the passing of his father at Tablet. Elif Batuman visits Orhan Pamuk’s museum in Turkey. Our own Jon Reiss checks out eight coworking spaces in Brooklyn. HiLobrow has been serializing Rudyard Kipling’s With the Night Mail. They’re up to #11. “Klein speaks with a quiet yet assured voice, often staring at the ground as she carefully expresses genuine solace with anyone who has felt alienated in his or her life.” […]
Steven Patrick Morrissey was born on this day in 1959. A night with Maira Kalman and friends. Emily St. John Mandel was the guest on this week’s episode of the Other People podcast. Louis C.K. hires Woody Allen’s former editor for Louie. New music now available from Leda, featuring (among others) Amy Klein and Permanent Wave’s Heidi Vanderlee. Peter Weir has plans to adapt Jennifer Egan’s novel The Keep for the big screen. Dan Wickett looks at new short fiction […]
Today’s morning news: Rimbaud’s adventures getting coffee, Warren Ellis thinks Gingrich is full of shit, a David Cronenberg interview, and much more.
“Jersey’s where America’s at!” – Some guy in Todd Solondz’s Storytelling. What’s the deal with New Jersey? On one hand it’s the great state that has given us talents from Philip Roth to Patti Smith, and on the other it’s the ongoing punchline for a thousand snobbish jokes told by New Yorkers who seem obvious as to the true greatness of the Garden State. It’s the state that hosted the first recorded baseball game, the home of Thomas Edison, the […]
Today’s news includes books for really rich people, Amy Klein talking to The Awl, Billy Reid’s playlist, and a bunch more.