Bites: Kim Kardashian vs. the Countess of Grantham, 2012 books, Tin House picks,The Men, and more

At Grantland: Downton Abbey vs. The Kardashian’s John Irving, Toni Morrison, and Michael Chabon all have books on The Atlantic’s books to look forward to in 2012 list. Scott McClanahan talks to 3:AM Magazine. On reading Jennifer Egan in Africa.  (Not the same as reading Jennifer Egan while listening to “Africa“) Tin House picks their favorite books of 2011. At Salon: Stumbling upon a treasure trove of Yiddish theatre posters. One person isn’t as excited about forthcoming album by The […]

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HBO is one step closer to looking like your bookshelf

Posted by Jason Diamond The title of this post is the answer to the question, “What do Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Egan, Sam Lipsyte, George R. R. Martin, Jonathan Ames, Michael Chabon, Malcolm Gladwell, and now Karen Russell all have in common?” From The Hollywood Reporter: HBO is going to Florida with Scott Rudin. The premium cable network has picked up Swamplandia, a half-hour comedy project from Rudin based on Karen Russell’s book of the same name.

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Morning Bites: Mountain Goats Book, Egan talks to Granta, Wild Flag is the new Fugazi, and More

YES!  John Darnielle talks about his novel!  (Via Largehearted Boy) “I’m working on it really slowly, and at this point, I expect to finish it when I’m 80 or something because I’m being really meticulous about revising it and am really ambitious about it,” he explains. “It’s about a guy who, when he was young, damaged himself very badly and finds himself in a position reflecting on other people who are as young as he once was and are also […]

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I Find Jennifer Egan’s Eating Habits Really Interesting

It goes sort of like this: butter-and-honey sandwich > a California roll > a grande spicy-chicken burrito > Greek yogurt with honey and Pink Lady apples > the remains of pancakes and scrambled eggs > two fried eggs > cold ramen salad > a Caesar salad, and turkey chili. (Via Grub Street) There are three more days of this, and to be honest, A Visit From the Goon Squad was so good, that this was actually a great article to […]

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From Sam Lipsyte to Hot Tub Time Machine in Less Than Ten Words

The Daily Beast discusses how Generation X writers (in this case, Bret Easton Ellis and Jennifer Egan) seem depressed as they enter, or in the midst of, middle age: Imperial Bedrooms is not great, but in its better moments the novel contributes to our culture’s rich seam of aging slacker angst. Correction: aging male slacker angst. Aren’t there any bummed-out women past the age of 35 expressing their feelings? Egan it seems, like so many other artists and writers of […]

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Jennifer Egan: Up the Punx

The cover of this weeks New York Times Book Review, for Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad, took it’s inspiration from punk rock and hardcore stickers of bands like Earth Crisis, Bad Religion, The Descendants, Regan Youth and Dead Kennedys. It’s awesome.

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Jennifer Egan Seems Pretty Cool

MJ: One theme that I really liked reading about in Goon Squad was music. You have a nice bit at the beginning that is kind of a portrait of the punk scene in the ’70s and early ’80s in San Francisco. Were you a San Francisco punk? JE: I was, as I am in all realms of life, just an observer, but I was there. I was not a punk rocker, absolutely not, but I certainly knew quite a lot […]

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