In our afternoon reading: Blake Butler on Unica Zürn, fiction from Deb Olin Unferth, Dean Wareham on a Velvet Underground box set, and more.
Posted by Jason Diamond I’ve written and read my share of year-end lists, and I’m at the point now where I’m not totally sure what sort of purpose they serve, but I continue to read and write them anyway. I’m not trying to sound jaded about peoples roundups of the year that was, in fact I rather like them and really enjoy doing my own. I guess my issue tends to be more of the way you’ve got to dig […]
John Sinclair (above, middle) is interviewed at The Rumpus. Sixteen poems by Roberto Bolaño. Jon Cotner and Claire Hamilton spend four hours at the Armory. Deb Olin Unferth on the Bat Segundo Show. The BBC takes a look at Elizabeth Taylor’s life in film. A Weimar-era German “rail zeppelin” over at Boing Boing.
Weekend Bites: Nick Cave to MTV, Nonrequired Reading, Wesley Stace, Soros Responds to Glenn Beck and More
Remember that time that Nick Cave told MTV that he didn’t want their stinking award? NY Tyrant takes the Best American Nonrequired Reading books to task at Vice. Wesley Stace talks to the New York Times. The cult of the sentence. George Soros finally responded to Glenn Beck’s (anti-Semitic) frequent attacks. Home cooking with Amy Sedaris. James Franco asks Judd Apatow how to host the Oscars. William F. Buckley on pot. NY Times Sunday Book Review Highlights Joyce Carol Oates’s […]
Posted by Jason Diamond We keep getting these promises that America is on the brink of revolution: Barack Obama was going to take everything he ever learned from Saul Alinsky, and turn American into the free enterprise utopia it was destined to be, but then it didn’t happen. The Tea Party was going to be the revolution that was going to change the Republican Party, but now all it’s doing is really mucking things up for the right, and letting […]
Midwestern books of the Americanas. (Via) Dueling Deb Olin Unferth interviews at The Rumpus and HTMLGIANT. Céline: Great writer, total scumbag. The Awl takes a look at how the Egyptian revolution could die. Hillary isn’t taking sides. Director Gregg Araki is interviewed.
We really like Mr. Yeh. He’s a pal of ours, and we want to give away a copy of his chapbook, 9/16/10, out on Swill Children. Deb Olin Unferth said of Yeh that his “quiet meditation on death will sneak in and throw up a window in your soul with its intensity.” You want it? RT this on Twitter: “Hey @Vol1Brooklyn, I Love James Yeh” and we will pick a winner at random.