Random Thanksgiving Bites: Punk Photographers, Victorian Veggies, Leftovers, Thankful for Kerouac, and More

On this Thanksgiving, Glen E. Friedman tells you to celebrate the holiday with a little reality check.  We will oblige. Long before Jonathan Safran Foer wrote a book about it, “vegetarianism was a Victorian ‘lifestyle’ with several vegetarian restaurants in London in the late century“. The Faster Times review Safran Foer’s latest book, and call it “a real downer.” For all you carnivores out there, The Young and Hungry have their turkey, and Felicia Sullivan has a chocolate caramel cheesecake […]

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Bites: Kerouac “Misunderstood”, Fictionaut, Gore Vidal Sitting, Xiu Xiu Returns, Ghosts, and more.

The Rumpus says of Jack Kerouac that “you’d be pressed to find a more quoted, misunderstood, revered, and culturally significant icon of the latter half of the 20th century.”  Yeh. Lit. Fictionaut founder Juumlrgen Fauth is interviewed over at AgencySpy. Celebrity memoirs: Good for the publishing industry, useless otherwise. Jonathan Safran Foer is going after the big meatheads. Gore Vidal just sits there. Happy birthday Terry Southern.  (Thanks Arthur) Bellevue Literary Review’s Fall issue is out. Music Xiu Xiu is […]

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Bites: Harry Potter parties, they just can’t let old Jackie rest, Thomas Pynchon at the stroke of twelve, and more

So what if a certain boy wizard and his mates like to toss back a pint or two? I’m pretty sure I can name five other classic children stories that involve drinking, drug taking, and other unsuitable behavior. Don’t people have better things to kvetch about? The battle over Jack Kerouac’s estate is still going on. Maurice Sendak is totally into the film version of Where the Wild Things Are. Really. Jessica Hopper interviews Marissa Paternoster from the band Screaming […]

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Bites: The homosexual undertones of Harry Potter, Atlas Sound and Panda Bear destroy indie, Salman Rushdie and Thomas Pynchon eating dinner together

Gawker on “The Homosexual Undertones of Harry Potter“. Worth it just for the picture, and the line “Alan Rickman looks like a New Wave lesbian in a cape.” There should be a law against Atlas Sound and Panda Bear (of Animal Collective) colaborating on this song, it’s really not fair to everybody else (except maybe Woods). The new Atlas Sound album, Logos, in October on Kranky. On the flipside of that, not so sure how I feel about Death Cab […]

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