Afternoon Bites: Kristen Schaal, “Watch the Throne” Poetry, Judee Sill, Justin Taylor on Fiona Maazel, and More

Mairead Case’s “All Will Be Well” is the best essay we’ve read in a long while. (It mentions Judee Sill, hence the choice of image.) Justin Taylor on Fiona Maazel’s Woke Up Lonely. That time The Field remixed At the Drive-In…. Jesse David Fox on Kristen Schaal’s comedy special: “Schaal takes the expectation of revising expectations as a sort of false buildup for silliness.” Brandon Stosuy interviewed Richard Hell. John Parker on Sean Murphy’s comic book Punk Rock Jesus: “the most innovative, […]

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Afternoon Bites: Rachel Kushner Interviewed, Richard Hell’s Memoir, Dueling Black Flags, Soderbergh and John Barth, and More

“My whole trajectory as a novelist is maybe about finding the form and through line of a constructed world that can hold in it what I really think about . . . everything.” Hari Kunzru interviewed Rachel Kushner for BOMB. At The Talkhouse, Amy Rebecca Klein wrote about Spring Breakers. Zach Baron reviewed Richard Hell’s memoir for Bookforum. Jerry Saltz ponders the fate of gallery shows. Stephen Soderbergh might be adapting John Barth’s The Sot-Weed Factor. Douglas Wolk on Don Giovanni Records. The Los Angeles Times […]

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Afternoon Bites: Sarah McCarry Talks Guillotine, Christgau on Richard Hell, Aaron Gilbreath on Jazz, Mary Robison, and More

Adam Thirlwell talked with The Story of My Purity author Fransesco Pacifico. “I wanted to put out chapbooks that are as beautiful as the ideas inside them.” Sarah McCarry talked about her Guillotine project with City Lights. Robert Christgau on Richard Hell’s music — and his memoir, I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp. Jay Walker’s library is stunning to behold. “The hippity-hop of Kelly’s piano, Mobley’s round, lush tone, and Blakey’s buoyant shuffle—if you want a glimpse into a happy soul, […]

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Afternoon Bites: Andrew W.K., Murder Ballads, Chandler and Hitchcock, and More

Your tax dollars at work: the State Department is sending Andrew W.K. to the Middle East to promote peace. We’re entirely behind this idea, for what it’s worth. (Update: apparently, the trip is off.) Mara Tatar on Philip Pullman’s retold fairy tales. Ta-Nehisi Coates examines Raymond Chandler, Alfred Hitchcock, and misogyny. Dylan Nice chatted with The Collagist. Gabrielle Gantz on Sina Grace’s Not My Bag. Pete Astor is interviewed about his forthcoming Richard Hell-centric 33 1/3. Juliana Nash’s murder ballad playlist. […]

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Richard Hell Talks Robert Bresson at BAM

At a screening of Robert Bresson’s 1977 film The Devil, Probably, part of BAM’s series Bresson, Richard Hell brought both his punk lineage and his knowledge of film history to open a discussion of the film. Yet Hell wasn’t simply there to extol the virtues of The Devil, Probably; instead, his take on the film was an unorthodox one, both laudatory and — at times — brutally honest about its flaws. For a film with a focus on uncomfortable moments […]

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Richard Hell Acting Like an Asshole is Still Cooler Than You Acting Normal

Let me add one last thing to this ponderous (sorry!) interview. Namely that I’m really gratified by the reception of Destiny Street Repaired altogether. It might have sounded like I was being pretty cutting about the reviewers, but actually I feel great about the record’s reception. The proportion of positive to negative has been about 50/50 or maybe 60/40 in favor, but, seriously, the positive reviews have been so much more intelligent and accurate than the negative ones (I mean […]

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