Bites: Ames and Haspiel Have a Talk, N+1 on Avatar, the Sucking of the Last Decade, Blue Moons, and More

Jonathan Ames and buddy Dean Haspiel have a conversation. At N+1, Caleb Crain comes right out and says Avatar gave him a “four-hour headache” in the first sentence. Fictionaut talks to Nicki Pombier Berger from Underwater New York. Slate takes a look at A Separate Peace at 50 years old. 3:AM Magazine talked to quite a few folks in 2009. The Millions calls Christopher Isherwood’s The Berlin Stories, “a book for years end”. Dangerous Minds sums up why the last […]

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Non Gender-Biased Dudes of the Year

Sure, Ben Bernake won Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year”, but who should win our prestigious “Non Gender-Biased Dude of the Year” award for 2009? Dave Eggers Our pals at Deckfight pointed out our penchant for news involving Mr. McSweeney’s, but why not? The dude is a mensch. Jason Schwartzman Chalk it up to family ties, but his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, tapped him to design the newest issue of Zoetrope: All-Story. Also of note: Could anybody other than Schwartzman […]

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Bites: Willy Loman Gets Some Respect, Gladwell Writes a Letter, Chomsky’s Eye, Beth Ditto as a Hero, Oprah Fucks Over the Book Industry, and More

“He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being”.  Actually Linda Loman, I think in regards to your husband, it’s the other way around. According to this list, your husband Willy stands alongside The Wandering Jew, Betty Boop, and Shylock as the 100 most influential people who never lived. Lit. Gore Vidal rips William F. Buckley.  No response from Buckley, because he’s dead. Leo Tolstoy is also dead.  Today is the anniversary of him dying. Malcolm […]

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Happening: A Night at The Highline

Tonight, The Rumpus and Tin House team up for an epic night whose lineup reads like a laundry list of people we really, really like: Stephen Elliott hosts an evening that features (among others) Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Rick Moody, Starlee Kine, and Jonathan Ames, at The Highline Ballroom. Considering a few of those people have had pretty big years, we would like to think they might get some of their even more famous friends to show up, making this […]

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Bites: Natalie Portman Likes Jonathan Safran Foer’s Book, NY Times Likes Electric Literature, Ames Kvetching on Twitter, The Watson Twins, and more

Natalie Portman went vegan thanks to Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Eating Animals.  She writes about it for Huff Po.  Makes the confusing statement, “I don’t believe in rape, but if it’s what it takes to please my dinner hosts, then so be it.” Lit. New York Times give mad props to Electric Literature. A Sherlock Holmes handbook.  Maybe a good gift for Robert Downey Jr.? (Thanks Mental Floss) Rick Moody and a parkway in Connecticut. Jonathan Ames kvetches on […]

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Bites: Ames is Bored to Death, Thurston on grunge, Sampsell talks to Elliott, Jeter and Jesus = same thing, and more

Is Bored to Death (starring Jason Schwartzman, pictured above) the next HBO show in line that becomes that show people who “don’t watch tv” actually get into (The Wire, The Sopranos, etc.)?  Not sure.  But knowing that Jonathan Ames is the writer can give one hope.  He talks to Huffington Post. Indichik went to our Vol. 1 Storytelling Brooklyn series this last Thursday, and said some very nice things. Lit. Kevin Sampsell interviews Stephen Elliott for the Portland Mercury 2666, […]

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