In our morning reading: thoughts on new music from Damon Locks, an interview with Hermione Hoby, and more.
My first recollection of experiencing Edward Gorey’s work came when I was a kid, when I kept watching PBS long after my block of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers was up. There was a man in a suit that talked for a few moments about becoming a member of the station, then all of a sudden this odd cartoon came on and I was transfixed until it was over and some people with English accents started talking. After that I vainly tried […]
WFMU on the artwork of Aleksandra Waliszewska. (We especially love Dargeresque painting above.) Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman team up for an illustrated version of Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. “The pleasures of reading Haruki Murakami could easily be mistaken for a list of his vices.” – Christian Lorentzen at The Observer. Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed H.P. Lovecraft with Charlie Brown? Wonder no more. Edward Gorey: Total fashion icon. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine starts a […]
The hand drawn envelopes of Edward Gorey. Asking about the future of science fiction writing…in 1971. An excerpt from the book Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion (Duke University Press) by Kevin Fellezs Mike Doherty at Salon defends baseball novels even though they net the writers $665,000 advances. (You could just hire a private security team with that sort of money.) Celebrating old(e) English embroidery at Yale. New video for the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy song “Quail […]
At The Paris Review: A. N. Devers talks about the fur coats of Edward Gorey. At L Magazine: Thoughts on Jim Carroll’s first (and last) novel, Petting Zoo. At Nerve: Patti Smith and Michael Stipe pay tribute to Jean Genet. At 3:AM Magazine: In the wake of the “N” word being taken out of Huckleberry Finn, a look back at another literary cleanup.
Bites: Ayn Rand Dominates and is “Influential”, Paris Review Conversation, Finding Edward Gorey, and More.
This terrifying picture is from the GQ piece on Ayn Rand called “The Bitch is Back“. If you like Ayn Rand, enjoy reading about “2009’s most influential author”. Otherwise, if you are like me, continue shielding your eyes. Lit. L Magazine wonders who will take the helm at the Paris Review with Philip Gourevitch leaving? One of the names tossed around in the comments of the L Mag. conversation for a possible new Paris Review editor is Geoff Dyer. Oh, […]