In our afternoon reading: a look back at John Zorn’s music, remembering the life and work of Charles Portis, and more.
Morning Bites: Kevin Barry Interviewed, Wooden Shjips, “The Shadows Took Shape,” Fictional Novelists, and More
This morning: Kevin Barry chats with The Rumpus, The Atlantic checks in with the biographer of a fictional novelist, a look at an Afrofuturism-inspired art show, Amina Cain talks visual narrative, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Victor LaValle, Zorn & Patton at the Met, Michel Gondry Interviewed, Polvo Returns, and More
This afternoon, we’re reading wide-ranging interviews with Victor LaValle and Michel Gondry; delving into Polvo’s latest album; watching footage of John Zorn and Mike Patton; and more.
Morning Bites: John Zorn, Great Tolstoy Characters, Previewing Upset, Blake Butler Radio Drama, and More
Thomas Lennon reads a Blake Butler radio drama, a look inside cassette culture, reviewing Tolstoy’s best characters, Charles D’Ambrosio gets reissued, and more.
Remember that time last year when John Zorn released A Dreamer’s Christmas? And rather than being an ear-shredding deconstruction of holiday standards, it turned out to be…well, all kinds of pretty? We do. And in the interest of being seasonally relevant, we figured we could do worse than cueing up his band’s version of “The Christmas Song,” which finds Mike Patton in full-on crooner mode. Enjoy. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.
“I am drawn to confusion: how we try to make sense of things, relationships, work, our family history, and how we cope, both in healthy and unhealthy ways, as well as compulsions, how we get stuck, and our desire to be unstuck, mostly, but not entirely, because those compulsions are part of our worldview.” Chicago’s Ben Tanzer is interviewed at Big Other. (We reviewed his Hold Steady-inspired novel You Can Make Him Like You last year.) A John Zorn-directed film […]
By Jason Diamond Gawker’s proclamation of the “Heeb Magazine Deathwatch” got me thinking again about “radical Jewish culture”, but this time in terms of it’s short life, possible death, and whether the tag really means anything other than getting donors to contribute to off-kilter non-profits. Of course, I find that there have been valiant attempts to get the old gears of Jewish thought turning again. From what I can gather, John Zorn coined the phrase with his marvelous Tzadik label, […]