Morning Bites: New Junot Díaz, Kurt Cobain Poetry, Virgin Forest on Faulkner, Greatest Superhero Ever, and More

Akashic Books will be releasing a book tribute to Kurt Cobain written by the co-founder of Hole, Eric Erlandson.  Apparently Courtney Love hasn’t given the book her blessing. Junot Díaz will be releasing This Is How You Lose Her, a new collection of short stories on Riverhead in September. You know who the greatest comic book hero is?  Hint: it isn’t Aquaman. Helen Simpson talks to The Paris Review about her collection, In-Flight Entertainment. The guy from Virgin Forest talks about some Faulkner, […]

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Morning Bites: Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln, Judy Blume love, The New Inquiry, Faulkner on HBO, and more

That’s Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln for the Dec. 2012 film “Lincoln,” which is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book Team of Rivals.  (Via) “It was the weekly meeting of The New Inquiry, a scrappy online journal and roving clubhouse that functions as an Intellectuals Anonymous of sorts for desperate members of the city’s literary underclass barred from the publishing establishment.” – The New Inquiry gets a big writeup at the New York Times. Tired of signing every hot contemporary author up for […]

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William Faulkner was a fashionable man

Posted by Jason Diamond A Continuous Lean discusses the time the Nobel Prize winning author visited West Point. Faulkner was not himself much of a military man, though critics have noted his “lifelong romance” with the military experience beginning with his first novel Soldier’s Pay in 1926; unable to join the U.S. Army due to his short stature, he had enlisted in the British Royal Flying Corps during World War I but never saw action. Nonetheless he exuded something of […]

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Bites: Literary Video Games, Faulkner’s Inspiration, Justin Taylor’s Music Picks, Riot Grrrl, and More

Literary classics that would be perfect for your Atari, Neo Geo, or whatever the kids are using to Donkey Kong on these days. The diary that inspired Faulkner. Justin Taylor picks out songs for Largehearted Boy. Kierkegaard gets the English treatment. Don DeLillo’s newest book, Point Omega, is reviewed. Salinger got some gin up his schnoz Marisa Meltzer talks riot grrrls at Slate. Balzac, Anna Karenina, and Susan Boyle, together at last.

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Bites: Cassette From My Ex, Sartre and The Slugger, Sontag’s Opinions, Jamie Stewart Tells a Story, and More

Boston Globe talks to Jason Bitner of Found Magazine and Cassette From My Ex. Mark McGwire and Sartre. New York Tyrant passes a note through HTMLGiant. Deckfight is reading Faulkner. Susan Sontag and her opinions. Roky Erickson + Will Sheff =’s mind blown Blonde Redhead + Dungeons & Dragons is also pretty cool. Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu tells a story. Find us on Twitter and Facebook for more news.

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Bites: Lipsyte Bringing Back “Comic Novels”, Emma Straub Asks About Updike, Loving Zadie Smith, and More

A press release included with Sam Lipsyte’s forthcoming novel, The Ask, gets Mark Athitakis on the subject of “comic novels”. Emma Straub wants to know if John Updike’s Rabbit trilogy is a classic. Stealing from bookstores. Reason #21 we love New York: “Because we fight over poetry“ If the Virtual Victorian is excited about the Sherlock Holmes film, it’s gotta be good. William Faulkner’s relationship with Meta Carpenter Three Guys One Book love Zadie Smith. Our hometown Pictures from “the […]

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