When the Speculative Can Surprise

Let’s talk about stealth for a second. While I don’t doubt that readers whose primary choice in books falls under the heading of literary fiction are more open to excursions into genre than they were in the past, it’s interesting to find science fictional concepts flying under the radar. I’m not talking about works from writers who got their start on the genre side of things (Jonathan Lethem, Karen Joy Fowler) or writers who’ve used science fictional devices to further […]

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Afternoon Bites: Parnassus Books Year One, Adapting “Wild” and “Under the Dome,” Inside “Discordia,” and More

Writer Laurie Penny and illustrator Molly Crabapple talked with Bitch about their collaboration Discordia, Christopher Hitchens, Djuna Barnes, and more. Ann Patchett on the first year in the life of her bookstore Parnassus Books. Jay Bulger on making a documentary about legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Molly Ringwald is interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books. Nick Hornby is adapting Cheryl Strayed’s Wild for the big screen. And Brian K. Vaughan is adapting Stephen King’s Under the Dome for television. Edward Champion looks into the […]

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Afternoon Bites: Aronofsky on George Washington, John Jacob Niles, Batman and Jay-Z, And More

“What I am sure of is this: Most readers hearing the news will not assume it was a deadlock. They’ll just figure it was a bum year for fiction. As a novelist and the author of an eligible book, I do not love this. It’s fine to lose to someone, and galling to lose to no one.” Ann Patchett on the lack of a Pulitzer for fiction this year. On the rediscovery of the music of John Jacob Niles by A Hawk […]

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Weekend Bites: Poe’s Cottage, Slacker Novels, Art Talk at an Art Party, Ann Patchett, and More

“As a member of the generation that learned everything we know from that show, my interest in The Simpsons-approved Poe eventually led me to experiment with Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Villon, and a bunch of other scumbags who tried to sweet-talk their way to easy street.” – Erik Bryan talks about Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage for The Morning News. The Millions takes a look at the slacker novel. Jon Cotner and Claire Hamilton go to a MoMA party to ask people what […]

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