In our afternoon reading: new writing by Kevin Young, thoughts on Karin Tidbeck’s latest novel, and more.
Morning Bites: Emma Donoghue, Laia Jufresa’s Playlist, Nicholson Baker, Book Trains, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Emma Donoghue and Nicholson Baker, a playlist from Laia Jufresa, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Lucy Corin, Words After War, Dorian Gray Audioplays, Nicholson Baker Interviewed, and More
In our Halloween afternoon reading: apocalyptic short fiction, John Carpenter’s soundtracks, and a Dorian Gray-inspired audio series. (Plus several things that have nothing to do with Halloween.)
Afternoon Bites: George Eliot Comics, Ellis on “Breaking Bad,” Kathryn Davis Reviewed, New Parquet Courts, and More
In this afternoon’s reading: a conversation with Nicholson Baker; Warren Ellis’s thoughts on the ending of Breaking Bad; the Folger Shakespeare Library goes online; a look at the new Parquet Courts EP; George Eliot comics; and much more.
Nicholson Baker Gives Us Two More Songs
A few days ago John Jeremiah Sullivan described one of Nicholson Baker’s sentences as “Bakerian (Bakeresque?)” in his New York Times review of Baker’s latest collection of essays, The Way the World Works. I’m starting to feel like “Bakerian (Bakeresque?)” might also be an adequate way to sum up the music the writer has been posting up on Youtube over the last few months, or it could serve as an appropriate title if Baker decided to put out a record.
Indexing: Poets’ Novels, Listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Reading D.T. Max, Stuart Nadler and More
A roundup of things consumed by our contributors.
Nicholson Baker Really Needs To Put Out An Album
A few weeks ago we mentioned what we thought at the time was a really one-off thing. Nicholson Baker, the author of several books collectively loved by Vol. 1 folks, issued a song protesting the construction of a military base in Gangjeong. We mentioned that the song sounded a good deal like Brian Eno, Robert Wyatt and even some Arthur Russell, and the conversation continued on Twitter about how great “Jeju Island Song” sounded (not to mention the important message):
Bites: Where Nicholson Baker writes, bathtub Longreads, Sam McPheeters, Dragon Tattoo in jeopardy, and more
Nicholson Baker (above) shows us where he writes. A. N. Devers’ gives her top 5 Longreads read in the bathtub for the year that is about to end. Huffington Post Books pick their favorites of 2011. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo hasn’t done too hot at the box office, does that mean the sequels will be scrapped? (Via Sarah Weinman) Sam McPheeters writes about laundromats for Vice. (If you aren’t familiar with Sam, check out our interview with him, and […]