In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a Nathanael West classic, paying tribute to Octavia E. Butler, a playlist from Rachel Cantor, and more.
Weekend Bites: MTV Book to Movie, This American Life, Retraction, Studs Terkel Century, RADAR Lab Benefit, And More
107 Years of S.J. Perelman
Posted by Jason Diamond The oldest known person on Earth died yesterday. If S.J. Perelman hadn’t died in 1979, he would be 107-years-old today — and still wouldn’t be the oldest living person on the planet. He’d be about seven years younger than the person who took over for the former record holder. All of that is unnecessary preface, but for some reason, seemed important.
How Samuel Beckett Rolls
New issue of Bookforum is great. One of the better reviews of Emily Gould’s book I’ve read; Van Gogh, Adam Thirlwell, Seymour Krim and Nathanael West make appearances. I gotta admit that I was sold on the cover of Mr. Samuel Beckett pimpin’ it in the sunshine.