Weekend Bites: Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Martin Amis, Willy Loman to Mitt Romney, and More

“People talk about pilgrimages to Graceland or Cooperstown, or to see Saturn Devouring His Children at the Prado, or just to Flushing to get good soup dumplings, so one of the challenges I faced was how to limit the discussion.” Gideon Lewis-Kraus (above) talks to World Hum about A Sense of Direction. “If Martin Amis hasn’t exactly mellowed with age a certain degree of tenderness has nevertheless entered his more recent work.” – Morten Høi Jensen on Martin Amis at Los Angeles Review […]

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Morning Bites: Battling Amazon, sexist Sherlock, mystery gold, 2012 book roundup, and more

Aretha Franklin got engaged. (We just really wanted an excuse to post a shot from Blues Brothers.) The Millions gives one of the best 2012 book roundups we’ve seen. Jonathan Lethem talks to Bloomberg. Is Sherlock sexist?  Steve Almond has an idea how indie bookstores can battle Amazon. Mystery gold found in Paris. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, and our Tumblr. Got tips for Bites?  Info@Vol1brooklyn.com

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Afternoon Bites: Victor Pelevin, Birdsong, Steve Almond, and more

“[A] brilliant fable of a Russia oversaturated with “semiotic signs”, a skewing of a country where rhetoric – and not actual substance – is most often the locus of communication.” Scott Esposito on Victor Pelevin’s The Hall of Singing Caryatids. Norman Brannon on pie. Birdsong made L Magazine‘s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide. (Not a bad idea — a three-pack of Brooklyn literary magazines — from the booksellers at Spoonbill & Sugartown.) Steve Almond’s “Kiss The Officer In Question” is worth […]

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Afternoon Bites: Steve Almond, R. Crumb, St. Vincent, and more

“The central power-dynamic itself — teacher seems superhuman then is revealed to be a normal human — is, well, boring. But that makes it all the more amazing when Maksik somehow pulls it off.” At Full Stop, Scott Beauchamp reviews Alexander Maksik’s You Deserve Nothing. Jeffrey Wasserstrom on the works of writer Yu Hua. R. Crumb’s album artwork has been collected. Gabrielle Gantz on Steve Almond’s recent reading at Greenlight. At Book Riot, Liberty Hardy on alternative methods of bookshelf organization. Jon […]

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