In our afternoon reading: an interview with Carlos Niño, thoughts on books by Elle Nash and Gordon Lish, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Lesley Nneka Arimah, “Jersey Beat” at 35, Sarah Gerard’s Latest, Adam Wilson on John Berryman, and More
In our afternoon reading: reviews of books by Lesley Nneka Arimah and Sarah Gerard, and much more.
Weekend Bites: New Chris Kraus Writing, Alexander Chee on M. Sharkey, David Lynch Short Films, and More
In our weekend reading: new nonfiction from Chris Kraus and Alexander Chee, a look at the short films of David Lynch, thoughts on literary inspiration, New Zealand pop, and more.
Morning Bites: Marilynne Robinson Interviewed, John Berryman Revisited, Jess Row, Unwound Reissued, and More
Interviews with Marilynne Robinson and Jess Row, thoughts on the latest Unwound reissues, checking in with Cult of Youth, and more.
Morning Bites: Darnielle on Berryman, Nelson George, Exes’ Books, John Cale, and More
John Darnielle on John Berryman, Nelson George on Soul Train, checking in with John Cale, new writing from Casey N. Cep, and more.
Morning Bites: Didion’s Collarbone, John Berryman Celebrated, the Demetri Martin Essay and More
Joan Didion broke her collarbone. Even though she doesn’t read blogs, we’re pulling for her to get better soon, and we’re sure she will, because she’s Joan FUCKING Didion. Celebrating John Berryman in Minnesota. We celebrated him a few years ago. Hunter S. Thompson gets the graphic novel biography. Demetri Martin gets quasi-existential The New Yorker. This is how you properly organize a bookcase. Follow us on Tumblr and Twitter. Like us on Facebook.
Literary Mix Ups
Over at a popular social networking site, Alex B. Fredericks of Slice Magazine got me thinking about literary/celebrity/minor celebrity mix ups: No longer will I talk to others about John Ashbery and fuck it up and say John Berryman. Starting Saturday, I will talk to John Ashbery and fuck it up and say John Berryman. I have one of these. I sometimes mix up John Cheever with a hockey goalie (who retired before I was born) from the 70s named […]
Dusting off: John Berryman Interview in the Paris Review, 1972
Posted by Jason Diamond Former resident of the late John Berryman’s home turf (Minnesota), Craig Finn, dedicated a verse in the opening song of his band The Hold Steady’s 2006 album Boys and Girls in America to Berryman’s suicidal leap from the Washington Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis in 1972. A few months later, Will Sheff and his band Okkervil River gave us their own interpretation of Berryman’s last moments on planet earth, ending the song with a reworking of the […]