Interviews with Kate Bernheimer and White Lung, thoughts on the new novel from Julie Schumacher, New Directions and poetry chapbooks, a look at highbrow lit and lowbrow humor converging, and more.
An Excerpt from Gabriel Blackwell’s “The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men: The Last Letter of H.P. Lovecraft”
When we interviewed Gabriel Blackwell earlier this year, he noted that his next novel would be inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. Blackwell went on to make the case for why he was intrigued by Lovecraft: “He was before his time not only in his fiction: he interacted with the world in a very virtual way, spending much of his time in his room writing letters to people he would never meet. That seemed applicable. And, of course, I am a fan […]
Where Public Enemy, H.P. Lovecraft, and Sid Vicious Converge: A Between Books Interview With Gabriel Blackwell
It started with a cover: a familiar detective-novel image slowly bleeding into the abstract. This was my first encounter with the work of Portland’s Gabriel Blackwell: picking up a copy of his Shadow Man after hearing good things about some then-recent readings he’d given in NYC. Subtitled “A Biography of Lewis Miles Archer,” Blackwell’s book creates a narrative out of the spaces in which noir‘s chroniclers and its characters overlap: a dense, thrilling work with hints of abused power and still-buried secrets. His […]
If you’re at all familiar with the last 20+ years of metal—especially that which falls under the “doom” sub-category—you will know that Matt Pike is one of the few guys who has seriously clawed his way towards the seventh circle of heavy metal hell that is reserved for deities like Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.), pre-reality show Ozzy, and, of course, Lemmy. It might sound tacky to call Pike’s work with the band Sleep as “game-changing,” but that’s really the best […]
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 Observer has a profile on Blake Butler. Night two of his marathon reading takes place at WORD, tonight. Guillermo Del Toro admitted that his dream project, a $150 million dollar 3D adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, may never happen. New Directions show off two upcoming books. Sarah Manguso picks Franzen’s Freedom over Teddy Wayne’s Kapitol in the opening round of the Morning News Tournament of Books. The Rumpus talks with Téa Obreht. Sarah Palin […]
Bites: The perfect H.P. Lovecraft gift, bad panels, Bukowski’s computer, Todd Barry, Thurston Moore, and more.
If you really want to know what I want for Hannukah, go over to Propnomicon and pick me up some gear from Miskatonic University. Because nothing says Jewish holiday like H.P. Lovecraft. (Thanks Jacket Copy) Lit. Maybe the worst name for a literary festival panel: “What book would you like to snuggle under covers with, and why?” Alice in Wonderland in the nude. (Thanks Boing Boing) Sooo, the 50 Cent “Self-help book”, The 50th Law, will quote “Malcolm X, Miles […]