Bites: 9/11 novels, Nick Cave’s new book, Sufjan Stevens clip, Fashion and Tennis, the mind of Joe Wilson, and more

Lit The Daily Beast’s Sam Jacobs lists the 9/11 novels actually worth reading. “Welcoming Remarks Made at a Literary Reading, 9/25/01” at McSweeney’s Nick Cave (pictured above) talks about The Death of Bunny Munro (Thanks, Guardian) Michelle Huneven (Blame) picks songs for Largehearted Boy. The sentence “Dan Brown, is expected to pull a J.K. Rowling by single-handedly hauling the publishing industry out of the toilet” sends chills up my spine. (Thanks, January Magazine) Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s “The Gulag Archipelago,” once widely […]

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Bites: Levi Johnston broken down, Good writing cafes, Nick Cave and iPhones, Stephen Elliott, good uses for vodka, and more

The Awl breaks down Levi Johnston’s Vanity Fair article. Grub Street picks our beloved Think Coffee and Housing Works as two of the best New York cafes for writing. Nick Cave wants you to have his upcoming book, The Death of Bunny Munro, on your iPhone. Salon talks to Stephen Elliott, author of The Adderall Diaries McSweeney’s gives us fifteen uses for vodka. Jay-Z is into this “indie rock movement”, and thinks big things of Grizzly Bear. An interview with […]

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Bites: Typewriters, “The Man”, Infinite Summer has some competition, Julia Childs is on top, Dinosaur Jr. rock Cape Cod, GreenPunk, and more

Boing Boing appreciates an old, forgotten typewriter. McSweeney’s shakes things up by interviewing “The Man”. Infinite Summer make way for Finite Summer. I wish they would have stopped at “The world certainly doesn’t need another comedy starring Michael Cera as a hapless teenager blundering his way into improbable sexual encounters“. Julia Childs has finally made it. According to The Millions, Quentin Tarantino, “thinks like a writer.” The New Yorker on Quentin’s pal (and one of the stars of “Inglourious Basterds”) […]

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Bites: Typewriters, “The Man,” Infinite Summer has some competition, Julia Childs is on top, Dinosaur Jr. rock Cape Cod, GreenPunk, and more

Boing Boing appreciates an old, forgotten typewriter. McSweeney’s shakes things up by interviewing “The Man”. Infinite Summer make way for Finite Summer. I wish they would have stopped at “The world certainly doesn’t need another comedy starring Michael Cera as a hapless teenager blundering his way into improbable sexual encounters“. Julia Childs has finally made it. According to The Millions, Quentin Tarantino, “thinks like a writer.” The New Yorker on Quentin’s pal (and one of the stars of “Inglourious Basterds”), Eli […]

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Bites: Bill and Malcolm, Les Paul, punk rock names, McSweeney’s likes prog rock, and more

I read one of the same blogs as Bill Clinton? Cool! Bill Clinton likes Malcolm Gladwell? Okay… That’s cool too! (I think?) I think if Largehearted Boy was meant to ask anybody their playlist, it would have to be the founder of Gigposters.com, Clay Hayes. Today he did just that. Yeh, we aren’t crazy about guns either. Chicago Sun Times on the passing of Les Paul. Carrie Brownstein of Monitor Mix on “Punk Rock Monikers“ You should always care about […]

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Bites: Free Camera Obscura mp3, McSweeneys wants you to eat pork and peanut butter, gay angels, Michael vs. Michael

It’s always good when Scottish twee bands get into the spirit of Bastille Day. In this case, Camera Obscura giving out a free mp3 of their song “French Navy”. Dennis Cooper (Maud Nelson says it’s a contributor to his blog?) about angels in Milton’s Paradise Lost having gay sex. Isn’t this the subject matter for most CocoRosie songs? McSweeney’s recomends peanut butter and bacon sandwhiches as well as the act of chilling the fuck out. That’s news, right? The A.V. […]

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Gregor Samsa Was No Hungarian Butcher

By Laura Macomber Everyone loves a good antihero. He or she is our disgraceful, literary doppelganger, a picaro so ignoble that, in simultaneously condemning and vicariously delighting in their exploits, readers are spiritually elevated. In The Convalescent (McSweeney’s), first-time novelist Jessica Anthony has generated her own modern-day picaro. She treats him with such heavy handedness, though, that instead of exacting derisive social commentary, Anthony creates a character so utterly lonely, so physically despicable and self-pitying, that his wry observations and […]

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Bites: Peeking into Zeitoun, Dennis Johnson, battle of the powerblogs, new Bowerbirds

McSweeney’s has bestowed upon us an excerpt from the upcoming Dave Eggers novel Zeitoun. People are happy, and I’m sure some people could care less. We are not part of the latter crowd. Robert Brinbaum on Dennis Johnson’s Nobody Move. Gawker talks to the Editor-At-Large of the new “Huffington Post meets Gawker” website, Mediaite. Is this what happens when worlds collide? Nah. It’s more on the awkward side, especially when Gawker mentions there might be a “conflict of interest in […]

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