Spiritualism, Trance Speaking, and the “Legacy of the American Confidence Man”: An Interview With Adrian Van Young

We’ve been admirers of Adrian Van Young‘s fiction since we first encountered his debut collection, The Man Who Noticed Everything. This year has seen the release of his first novel, Shadows in Summerland, which was inspired by the real-life history of 19th-century spirit photographer William Mumler. (We ran an excerpt from it last year.) Told via multiple narrators, the novel follows the convergence of the lives of Mumler, trance speaker Fanny Conant, and a young woman named Hannah in Boston […]

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William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize Medals With a Side of Adultery

There’s a treasure trove of William Faulkner’s old stuff that Sotheby’s will be putting up for auction, including an unpublished 12-page short story entitled “The Trapper’s Story,”and an original book of poetry called “Vision in Spring.” But the big prize of the auction is undoubtedly Faulkner’s Nobel Prize medal, the diploma, and the hand-written draft of his 1950 Nobel acceptance speech. Faulkner’s trip to Oslo yielded the award that could fetch up to $2 million dollars when it goes up on the […]

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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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