In our afternoon reading: thoughts on new albums by Hot Snakes and Mount Eerie, an interview with Rachel Lyon, and more.
Permutations, Mutations, and New Ballads: Thoughts on Three Literary Remixes
Ubiquity is a hell of a thing. No two people will have the same narratives, pop culture references, or cultural mythologies dwelling in the back of their heads–but there are certain stories that are familiar enough to enough people that they’re ripe for retelling. Or, in some cases, they’re ripe for modification, for translation into another narrative, playing with readers’ expectations and knowledge of the source material. To cite a few examples, John Darnielle’s short novel Master of Reality used […]
Why Arthur Miller Was Amazing
Arthur Miller was born on this day in 1915. While he was one of the greatest American playwrights to ever live, he also pulled off something kind of incredible by getting Marilyn Monroe, possibly one of the most beautiful people to ever walk the earth, to not only marry him, but she also converted to Judaism to do it. We’d like to extend one big thank you to Arthur Miller. You have given generations of smart people hope. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn […]
Morning Bites: Robert Caro Talking, Willy Loman’s Inability to Pay for Tickets, Screaming Females, and More
Willy Loman would have a difficult time affording the 2012 revival of the play Arthur Miller wrote about him. When Robert Caro met the Bat Segundo Show. Emily St. John Mandel gives Largehearted Boy her Book Notes for The Lola Quartet. Levi Asher on Laurent Binet’s HHhH. James Ladsun at The Guardian also reviewed the book. For good measure, here’s our own Joe Winkler’s review of the book. Screaming Females covering Sheryl Crow. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
Afternoon Bites: “Death of a Salesman,” Nick Harkaway, Literary Maps, And More
This map of the literary United States makes our inner literary cartographers very, very happy. Scott Brown has good things to say about the new production of Death of a Salesman. Warren Ellis assembles perspectives on the state of magazine publishing, including that of Vol.1 contributor Abraham Riesman. Edward Champion interviews Hari Kunzru, who will be at McNally Jackson on Tuesday and WORD on Thursday. Small Demons puts us on the trail of Hunger Games-themed recipes. Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker is out […]
Morning Bites: Eisenberg And Shawn, Finding @Horse_ebooks, Writing Desks, The Clean On The Road, And More
“I want to be her when I grow up.” – Hanging out with Deborah Eisenberg and Wallace Shawn at the Center For Fiction. Feast your eyes on the desks (and bed) that contributors to The Millions write on. Tracking down the greatest Twitter spambot there is, @Horse_eBooks. Now’s the time to restate Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The Clean is touring with Times New Viking. This is glorious news. Aaron Gilbreath on finding antique bottles in the desert. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and […]
Erasing drunken shame on Arthur Miller’s 96th birthday
Posted by Jason Diamond I worked in coffee shops intermittently from the ages of 15 to 28. Despite the poor pay, the rude customers, and the multiple burns from scolding hot water, it wasn’t my worst work experience. I’ve made lifelong friends thanks to those gigs, and when I was broke and hungry, I could always depend on my coffee shop for free coffee and the occasional sandwich. Working in coffee also supplied me with one of my most embarrassing […]
Bites: Why Franz Quit, Johansson Does Arthur Miller, Salinger Reviews, iPad Prophets, Magnetic Fields FAIL, and More
Franz Nicolay, whose “Complicated Gardening Techniques” is coming out on our very own Julius Singer Press, talks about why he left The Hold Steady. With Scarlett Johansson tackling one of his best plays, Wall Street Journal takes a look at “How Arthur Miller Found His View“. A brief history of J.D. Salinger reviews. Thomas Edison: iPad prophet? At The Faster Times, Michael Kimball Interviews Padgett Powell. According to this review, The Magnetic Fields FAIL. The Rumpus gives us Czechoslovakian book […]