Tao Lin signs a deal, bringing Joseph Heller back from the dead, Harold Bloom talks, and much more.
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.
Reviewed: The Ticking Is the Bomb by Nick Flynn
(W.W. Norton, 2010) 281 p. Reviewed by Tobias Carroll Nick Flynn’s first memoir bore a brutal title: Another Bullshit Night In Suck City. It earned it, unwinding the story of Flynn’s suicidal mother and transient father, the latter of whom would eventually cross paths with Flynn at a homeless shelter in Boston. Flynn told an oftentimes harrowing story with a poet’s precision, and made a deeply personal account resonate across progressively larger canvases. The struggles of one father and son […]
Bites: Salman Rushdie as a tiny dancer, pictures of Berlin, John Updike maybe turning in his grave, and the party album of the summer?
“She had heels on, so he only came up to her breasts,” laughs our source. “With her low-cut dress and his bald head, when he’s dancing with her he looks like her third boob.” The above quote was about Salman Rushdie; acclaimed writer, Fatwa dodger, and a man who is not afraid to dance with a taller woman Berlin photo essay @ Impose “Updike was the consummate stylist with a blogger mentality” according to Slate. Is this an insult? Chuck […]