Morning Bites: Egan Talks Tweets, Sheila Heti, The Travel Almanac, Tangerine Dream, and More

“I realized that writing can change the experience of living in a certain way.” – Emily Keeler of The New Inquiry talks to Sheila Heti. Jennifer Egan talks about tweeting her story, while Jonathan Lethem, Junot Díaz, and Sam Lipsyte talk science fiction at The New Yorker. The latest issue of The Travel Almanac is out. Composer Timothy Andres explains why it can sometimes be hard to write music for other artists. Moonrise Kingdom breaks a record. A whole bunch of films […]

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Afternoon Bites: Putney Swope, Jennifer Egan’s New Story, Matt Fraction Loves the Mountain Goats, and More

The Criterion Collection has released a box set of the films of Robert Downey Sr., including the 1969 classic (and Louis C.K. favorite) Putney Swope. That price is a steal. Speaking of steals: the work of women artists from the post-war era is remarkably cheaper than that of their male counterparts. If we can call $10.7 million cheap, that is. Starting tonight, the New Yorker’s fiction department (@NYerFiction) will be tweeting Jennifer Egan’s new story, which apparently contains only 140-character-or-less […]

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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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