Morning Bites: Poe’s birthday, The male novelist, Ben Marcus on NPR, post-Wikipedia blackout, and more

Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day in 1809. What did the Wikipedia blackout accomplish? Teddy Wayne on “The agony of the male novelist” at Salon. Elizabeth Bishop’s paintings. Rich Cohen, Joshua Cohen, and (as far as we can tell) no other people named Cohen are involved in a book called Jewish Jocks. Ben Marcus talks about The Flame Alphabet on All Things Considered. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Weekend Bites: A Nobel Laureates Commute, Blake Butler & NY Tyrant on Franzen, Márquez Used and More

At The New York Times:  Peruvian Nobel laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa, discusses teaching Borges at an Ivy, investing his money, and the killer commute from Jersey to Manhattan: ““It’s very nice. But not if you take the train at 5 or 6 o’clock. It can be a Kafkaesque commute.” At Vice:  Blake Butler and NY Tyrant take HTML GIANT’S “Mean Week” on the road, and trash Jonathan Franzen over at Vice. Hilarity ensues. At Boing Boing: Star Trak characters reading […]

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Weekend Bites: Cusack as Poe, White Writers From NY, Smart Cities, Glenn Beck/Lady Gaga, and More

At A.V. Club: After years of playing the same sad sack misanthrope we’ve all come to know and love, John Cusack will play Edgar Allan Poe. At Harpers:  The most expensive BBQ ever. At Jacket Copy: 12 literary oddities available on Ebay. At Impose: Julia Holmes tells us what she’s read recently. At The Faster Times: Lincoln Michel weighs in on the NY Times love of white dudes issue. At HTMLGIANT: Jimmy Chen is on a roll.  First it was […]

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Weekend Bites: Kubrick’s Napoleon, Book Reviews as Christmas Catalogs, Poe’s Letters Fetch Mad Cash, The Sport of Kinks, and More

The story behind Stanley Kubrick’s never made epic, Napoleon is now in $700 dollar book form thanks to Taschen. New York Magazine wrote about it Human Resources is a bit apprehensive about anybody else attempting a film about the tiny French leader. Lit. Dear New York Times Book Review, Levi Asher thinks you look “like a Christmas catalog“. If you have a book called Sex Dungeon for Sale, the only natural thing to do to celebrate it’s coming out is […]

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Conversation: Literary Pets Guy, Chet Phillips.

Chet Phillips had me at his illustration of John Pupdike, but then I started looking around his Etsy store, and figured that it seemed necessary to bother him about his art. What do you like more, domesticated animals or books? A book about domesticated animals with a literary theme, illustrated by me would contain just about the right blend of likeability . Whats your favorite animal? Hands down, monkeys. This fascination can be directly linked with the fact that I […]

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Bites: Poe and Balloon Boy, Roth Interviewed, Fitzgerald’s taxes, Kim Gordon’s art, and more

Did you ever think there was a Balloon Boy and Edgar Allan Poe link?  Did you care? Philip Roth gives an interview over on The Daily Beast.  Holy shite. Apparently hipsters hate trivia night, but we proved that nerds don’t, and the good folks as  L Magazine filmed it. Lit. The Mexican government kept an eye on Gabriel García Márquez, thinking he was a Colombian spy. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s taxes. I’m interested. How to survive as a writer in the […]

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