Afternoon Bites: Amy Klein on Kurt Vile, Bowie’s Diagrams, Colm Tóibín, David Abrams on World Book Night, and More

“Now some small part of the grand tradition of the lone American troubadour belongs only to him. He is a natural and unaffected heir to its tropes of the individual. And by now, on his fifth album, he sounds like an elder statesman of a country of his own making — one located somewhere between past and present, inside and outside, complete isolation and complete connection.” Amy Klein on Kurt Vile’s latest. Kory Grow on the last days of Bleecker […]

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Afternoon Bites: Norman Lock Fiction, Food Journals, Chris Gethard, the “Midnight’s Children” Movie, and More

Hanging out with Salman Rushdie at the Midnight’s Children movie premiere. “If you look at an Isaac Babel story, for example, it’s between two and three pages, and what he does is a miracle.” Dawn Raffel interviewed Renata Adler for The Literarian. Recommended Reading has a story up from Norman Lock. Mary Roach book trailer, everybody. “It makes more sense if you think of The Chris Gethard Show less as a late-night talk show and more like stunt theater, live-action role-playing, and depression.” Jessica Suarez on […]

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Weekend Bites: Woody and Faulkner, Franzen’s Play, Titus Andronicus Forever, and More

Well, William Faulkner is suing Woody Allen. You know Jonathan Franzen has a play, right? Our own Jason Diamond reviewed it for Capital New York. Rick Moody reviewed Chris Ware’s Building Stories. Killer London fog. Matthew Perpetua makes the case for Titus Andronicus. Maria Sherman makes the case against Japandroids. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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Afternoon Bites: Bookstore Napping, Mike Watt and Rick Moody Chat, Reading “James and the Giant Peach,” and More

“For years after reading Dahl, I would invent my own words, unconcerned that the gibberish I was scribbling might not exist in a dictionary.” Janelle Brown on James and the Giant Peach. Rick Moody interviewing Mike Watt? Yes, we’ll read that one. Rosemary DeWitt once napped in bookstores. Francisco Goldman on his view of Mexico City. The upcoming Books Beneath The Bridge Festival sounds excellent. Titus Welliver, interviewed at the AV Club. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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A year of favorites: Tobias’s Best Of Not-2011

Posted by Tobias Carroll This is the second of two lists of the books I read this year that I most enjoyed. Here, the focus is on older books that I first encountered this year; strangely, the focus here is much more on fiction than on my other list, and I’m a little uneasy that this list is far more dude-heavy than its counterpart. I wasn’t entirely sure where to fit Michael Kimball’s Us, an older novel revised for its […]

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Some Thoughts on Rick Moody’s “The Four Fingers of Death”

Posted by Tobias Carroll In the end, it’s the messy works that get me: the movies and books that should not under any circumstances work and yet do; the idiosyncratic works are the ones that invariably burrow into my subconscious and stay there for years. This happens with films a lot: Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain might be the apex of this: watching it is a deeply subjective experience (even moreso than the watching of most films), and it’s less the […]

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Morning Bites: Rick Moody’s Crazy Rhythms, IKEA killing books, presidential libraries, and more

Rick Moody talks about The Feelies at The Rumpus. Little known fact: sometime in the Middle Ages, a blind prophet said that in 2011, the redesigning of cheap IKEA bookshelves would signal the end of books. Dan Sinker (@MayorEmanuel, Punk Planet) does Twitter fiction for Huffington Post Books. The Paris Review talks to Ishmael Reed about Juice!, his first novel in over fifteen years (on the always wonderful Dalkey Archives). Going to Germany to buy books. The Reagan and Nixon […]

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