Indexing: Elif Batuman, Sara Levine, Don Quixote, James Wood, Matthew Henriksen, Gaslight Anthem, and a Brief Weather Report!

A roundup of things consumed by our editors. Jason Diamond Right now the pile of books on my desk includes The Common issue no. 2, Divorcer by Gary Lutz, and Matthew Henriksen’s Ordinary Sun.  They’re all slimmer in size, so I’m hoping to finish them all this week (Lutz’s especially so Toby I and I can discuss it), and also start putting together my vacation reading list.  My yearly time off is coming up, and the stress trying to pick a handful of […]

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Bites: Jodorowsky Interview, Amis Worries, Bob Dylan Gets Crazier, New Bolaño Translation, and More

Arthur posted a 2003 interview with Alejandro Jodorowsky.  It’s pretty epic. I think Martin Amis is worried about fading away. Proust, Darwin, and Andy Warhol: all hypochondriacs. First he finds Jesus, then puts out a Christmas album, now, Bob Dylan writes a fucking kids book. Lit Kicks interviews Walter Kirn, who wrote the book that got turned into a movie starring George Clooney. “William Burns” by Roberto Bolaño

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Bites: Eating Meat Around Safran Foer, Nextbook Makes a Friend, Talking to Martin Amis, and More

Pizza meets math. Lit. Good for you Greg Kuntzman, ordering a chicken sandwich when talking to Jonathan Safran Foer. Paul Auster has a cool daughter. Nextbook announce a new “partnership” with record label, JDub Records. The Guardian gives us their books of the decade. HTMLGiant picks the most important poetry books of the 00’s. An interview with Martin Amis. New albums Titus Andronicus covering the Civil War on their next album. Interviews The Rumpus talks to a Mountain Goat. Politics […]

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Bites: Gladwell is Analyzed, Zizek on Post-Communism, the “Weirdness” of Health Insurance, and more

Malcolm Gladwell The internet is a-twitter with three things this morning: the anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the health care bill, and Maureen Tkacik’s Nation piece,  “Malcolm Gladwell for Dummies.” HTMLGIANT’s Justin Taylor sees the essay as more than just a piece on Gladwell, but also “worth looking at…in light of [the] ongoing discussion of what good criticism can or should look like.”  The Millions wonders if this is “a tipping point for Gladwell haters.” Berlin Wall […]

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