The Time Peter Capaldi Made a Short Film About Franz Kafka

  If you’re familiar with Peter Capaldi, it’s probably through one of the iconic roles he’s played: the brilliantly profane Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop, perhaps, or his just-commenced run on Doctor Who. (Right about here is probably where I tip my hat in the direction of his work on Torchwood: Children of Earth.) I hadn’t been aware that Capaldi is also a filmmaker — an Oscar-winning one, in fact, for a 1993 short that he wrote and […]

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So You Just Trolled Franz Kafka…

Joseph Epstein at The Atlantic asks, “Is Franz Kafka Overrated?” He offers his own difficulty stomaching Kafka’s work while having his morning tea and toast, and then provides a number of other (by Walter Benjamin, Erich Heller, Isaac Bashevis Singer, etc.) thoughts on the writer, and then tries to sell us on his idea that”Kafka, in other words, is given a pass on criticism.” Also, “The argument is that he cannot finally be explained, but merely read, appreciated, and reread until his meaning, […]

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Monuments To Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka died on this day from complications brought on by tuberculosis in 1924. Although he was unknown in his lifetime, he went on to become one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, spawned the term Kafkaesque, and had a few monuments built in his honor.

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Afternoon Bites: Welles and Kafka, David Berman on The Minus Times, Recapping ATP, and More

An anthology collecting the zine The Minus Times has been released by featherproof and Drag City. David Berman interviewed editor Hunter Kennedy about the project for BOMB. Sheila Heti chatted with Tin House. Christopher Weingarten looks back at the weekend’s NYC debut of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival. The Quietus revisits Orson Welles’s adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial. The Los Angeles Times on reader recommendations. Sam Prekop took Pitchfork through his listening history. Conversational Reading is doing a group read of William Gass’s novel […]

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Morning Bites: Gay Writers Who Changed America, Geoff Dyer, Kraftwerk In New York, And More

  Kraftwerk will play a residency at MoMA in April.  Gallerist has a slideshow of some classic photos of the German band. Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and other gay writers who changed America. Geoff Dyer talks to Guernica about his latest book, Zona. Lincoln Michel breaks down some Kafka. Chloe Caldwell remembers falling in love with New York at The Rumpus. Just so you know, Dave Mustaine didn’t formally endorse Rick Santorum. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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Morning Bites: Richard Hell, Bram Stoker’s diary, Blake Butler on the radio, old soccer balls, and more

Richard Hell’s memoir is acquired by Ecco.  It will be titled I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp.  You know somebody at Ecco is slapping themselves and saying, “Why couldn’t he have just called it “Some (Other) Kids” or something like that?”  (Thanks Bryan Waterman for the tip.) The private journals of Bram Stoker have been found.  I guess you can call them The Real Vampire Diaries. Blake Butler talks about insomnia on the Brian Lehrer show. A more […]

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