A look at the lasting relevance of Moby-Dick, interviews with Mecca Normal and Evan Osnos, notes on Thrown and GB84, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Stage Fright Stories, White Lung Interviewed, The Newspapers of “Back to the Future,” and More
“Singer Mish Way is a punk poet in a lineage that extends from Exene Cervenka to Kat Bjelland to Kathleen Hanna…” Tobi Vale interviewed the excellent Vancouver punk band White Lung. 3-Minute Metal Stories alumnus Laina Dawes talked about her new book What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal with NPR. Chickfactor asks the likes of Stephin Merritt, Jennifer O’Connor, and Daniel Handler about their experiences with stage fright. Two Nick Antosca books in […]
Bites: Howard Zinn, Tobi Vail on George Pelecanos, Shakespeare’s Pad, Alicia Jo Rabins and David Bazan on Faith and Art, and More
Over at The Millions, Jesse Ball reviews a year of reading, and makes us want to go buy the book pictured above. Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History (Seven Stories Press) “collects the works of outsiders, rebels, and disenfranchised Americans“. Over at the Bumpidee Reader, Tobi Vail reviews The Way Home, by George Pelecanos. “We are hoping to find organic debris that will teach us what the great man had for dinner.” Says Richard Kemp, of the Shakespeare Birthplace […]
Bites: Willy Loman Gets Some Respect, Gladwell Writes a Letter, Chomsky’s Eye, Beth Ditto as a Hero, Oprah Fucks Over the Book Industry, and More
“He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being”. Actually Linda Loman, I think in regards to your husband, it’s the other way around. According to this list, your husband Willy stands alongside The Wandering Jew, Betty Boop, and Shylock as the 100 most influential people who never lived. Lit. Gore Vidal rips William F. Buckley. No response from Buckley, because he’s dead. Leo Tolstoy is also dead. Today is the anniversary of him dying. Malcolm […]