Afternoon Bites: Charles Yu on George Saunders, Matt Bell Excerpted, Tracey Thorn and Samuel Beckett, and More

 Frank Bill, author of Crimes in Southern Indiana and Donnybrook, is interviewed at The Awl. “Although Bedsit Disco Queen was written in fits and starts and ends for no good reason in 2007, it’s a gem by the wretched standard of the rock memoir, and also by the stiff-necked standard of theses on Beckett’s fiction, another literary genre Thorn has under her belt.” Robert Christgau reviewed Bedsit Disco Queen and Big Day Coming. Guernica has an excerpt up from Matt Bell’s forthcoming novel. Morrissey chatted with Rookie. “…characters, each […]

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Afternoon Bites: Tracey Thorn’s Memoir, Literary Crushes, Aaron Gilbreath on Nick Flynn, and More

Tracey Thorn — of Marine Girls and Everything But the Girl and a lauded solo career — has a memoir out in the UK. Douglas Wolk used the occasion to discuss highlights from her discography. Edward Champion, Roxane Gay, and more reveal their literary crushes. Blake Butler interviewing Tim Hecker? Yes, we’ll read that. Joyland lets you, for lack of a better word, choose your own adventure. The indubitable Aaron Gilbreath reviewed Nick Flynn’s The Reenactments for The Portland Mercury. If you’d like […]

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Afternoon Bites: Alison Bechdel Interviewed, Top Metal Albums, Nick Flynn, and More

“That’s what I love about writing memoir, dealing with actual lives and things that really happened as opposed to making stuff up. You have this constraint you’re always pushing up against: what really happened. You can’t add stuff to make a nicer story.” Alison Bechdel talked to the Comics Reporter. Publishing Genius is offering subscriptions for 2013. “As in 1890, the real musical action these days is taking place at home. And the laptop camera is the new parlor room […]

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Afternoon Bites: Louis Kahn’s FDR Memorial, Reviewing “Building Stories,” Cheryl Strayed Interviewed, and More

Looking at the life of Louis Kahn and the new Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Douglas Wolk has good things to say about Chris Ware’s Building Stories at the New York Times. Natasha Khan talked with Pitchfork about the new Bat for Lashes album. Laurie Hertzel interviewed Nick Flynn. The Paris Review‘s Sadie Stein talked with The Atlantic about their new anthology. The Millions spoke with Cheryl Strayed. Jacob Silverman on David Nutt’s Drugs Without the Hot Air. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and […]

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Bites: Honoring Céline, Melville’s Beards, Philosophical Novels and More

Should France honor Céline even though he was a Nazi supporter? Herman Melville used 25 different words to describe beards in two chapters of White Jacket, his 1850 novel based on his experience crewing on a US frigate in the South Seas for ten years.  #TheMoreYouKnow The New York Times takes a look at the philosophical novel. An interview with Nick Flynn at The Rumpus.

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