Morning Bites: Murakami and Sam Anderson, Tintin, naked parties, George Saunders, and more

Sam Anderson and Haruki Murakami hanging out, doing stuff and whatnot. George Saunders talks to The New Yorker about his story in this week’s issue, Tenth of December. “[H]e was what you’d get if you combined Walter Cronkite with Colonel Sanders. He had his eccentricities. At his Cape Cod summer houses he liked to throw nude cocktail parties that often ended in unexpected couplings amid the dunes.” – Dwight Macdonald and his new “greatest-hits assemblage,” Masscult And Midcult: Essays Against the […]

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Morning Bites: Borders Bankruptcy, Jon Glasser’s Dad, Kyle Minor Talks New Yorker and More

Borders files for bankruptcy.  The Borders Twitter says: Gatsby gets the 8-bit treatment, but don’t forget about the video game for Waiting for Godot. The Guardian has an exclusive trailer for the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. Kyle Minor shares (more than) a few words about the most recent issue of The New Yorker.  Seriously, is this the best issue to come out in the last few years?  Everybody loves it. Jon Glaser’s talks about his dead dad […]

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Bites: Philip Marlowe Meets James Bond, New NYPL Main Branch, Norwegian Wood Score, and More

Philip Marlowe meets James Bond (Raymond Chandler and Ian Fleming) on the radio in 1958. The New York Public Library pulls the tarp off the front of the main branch to reveal a beautiful new face lift. Jonny Greenwood’s score for film version of Haruki Murakami’s book Norwegian Wood, has a US release date. An AP correspondent is reporting. that two New York Times journalists have been arrested in Egypt. (Photo via Dangerous Minds)

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Simultaneous Kettles Boiling, Too Hot to Touch: Various Writers at Age 26

Posted by Nick Curley Today I turn twenty-six years old. It’s only been my birthday for ten hours, but so far this has proven the best year of my life. In the hopes of finding inspiration, and satisfaction for gnawing trivia, I looked up various names upon my bookshelf, to see what they were up to at/by the age of twenty-six. Let’s keep it chronological, in blocks of text: us mid-twenties types can think in lists and narratives, all at […]

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Jonny Greenwood Continues His Reign as Only Thing I like About Radiohead

I don’t care about Radiohead.  I’m sorry to offend any superfans out there, but I just think they’re rehashing Dark Side of the Moon for my generation: music for people who want to like something “smart” but are afraid to really dig. With that said, I like the bands guitar player, Jonny Greenwood.  I began to realize this around 2007, when he put together a collection of his favorite reggae and dub songs for Trojan Records 4oth anniversary, for the […]

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Pinball, 1973 Gets the English Treatment

“Pinball, 1973” has always been the Holy Grail of English Haruki Murakami translations. The 174-page work is his second novel — the sequel to his debut “Hear the Wind Sing” and a precursor to the internationally popular “A Wild Sheep Chase.” The work has never been released overseas. (Via CNNGo)

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