Morning Bites: Canceled to Death, The Hobbit, Helen DeWitt, gospel records, Paul Murray, and more

Bored to Death was canceled (bummer), and Jonathan Ames wants you to come down and have one last toast for the show. The trailer for The Hobbit is out. At the Observer: Michael H. Miller profiles Helen DeWitt. Paul Murray talks about his Paris Review short story. Mike McGonigal is interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard about collecting gospel records. (We interviewed him last February.  Check it out.) Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Paul Murray’s Donuts

“When I was a teenager the American chain Dunkin’ Donuts opened a branch in Dublin. For me and my friends, this was like a spaceship landing, because at that time Ireland was quite similar to Eastern Europe — poor, cut off from the rest of the world, culturally quite repressed and static. So Dunkin’ Donuts was the coolest place in Dublin. As a teenager though I spent all my money on cigarettes and I never had enough left for doughnuts, […]

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Weekend Bites: Myla Goldberg & Darin Strauss for Charity, Paul Murray Interviewed, Dave Eggers Demons and More

Tomorrow at Union Hall in Brooklyn, Myla Goldberg and Darin Strauss (both pictured above) discuss their new books, one of which looks back on the past through the lens of fiction, the other through the lens of memoir. All proceeds go to The Brooklyn New School (P.S. 146). Graywolf Press to publish poetry of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. At Beatrice: An interview with Skippy Dies author Paul Murray. At The Washington Post: Dave Eggers is done fighting […]

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Post-Modern Twee Literature, The “Josh Cohen of the McSweeney’s set,” and Big Being Beautiful

Posted by Jason Diamond I’m nearly 600 pages into the book that Marc Tracy at Tablet called  “the Josh Cohen of the McSweeney’s set,” Adam Levin’s The Instructions.   At the same time, I’m peeling open Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (which I think the NY Times likes.  Not totally sure.)  I’m not quite sure if it’s good for my mental state to read two large books at the same time, but I’m willing to find out. I decided to undertake […]

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