In our afternoon reading: an interview with Fran Lebowitz, revisiting the writings of William Gaddis, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Revisiting William Gaddis, Ruth Padel and Ilya Kaminsky Converse, “Shuggie Bain” Adapted, and More
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on a classic from William Gass, exploring “dad movies,” and more.
“The Impetus to Make Something Is the Same”: Exitmusic on Making “The Recognitions”
Some albums contain moments of stark emotional candor; others channel haunting moments of stunning beauty. The Recognitions, the latest album from Exitmusic, manages the difficult task of doing both. It is at once a neatly crafted work of cinematic pop with an almost tactile sense of atmosphere and a document of the divorce of Exitmusic’s founders, Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church. The album draws inspiration from a host of disparate elements, from the William Gaddis novel that gives this album […]
Morning Bites: Vivian Gornick Interviewed, Sean H. Doyle, Alexander Chee on Prodigies, and More
In our morning reading: interviews with Vivian Gornick and Sean H. Doyle, new nonfiction from Alexander Chee and Adnan Khan, and more.
Weekend Bites: Alexander Chee, Anticipating 2014’s Books, Smog Covered, William Gaddis, and More
This weekend: read about the zebra skin owned by William Gaddis, listen to How to Dress Well covering Smog, read an interview with Alexander Chee, learn more about Housing Works’s Vonnegut book group, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Big Boys Reissues, Unborrowed Books, Molly Crabapple, Taylor on Gaddis, and More
“Big Boys shows were notoriously fun, and most touring punk bands found themselves under the band’s spell. Thumb through live pics of the band and you’ll see the husky Biscuit in drag, or else in shredded skate clothes. Sometimes dressed as a Daisy Dukes-wearing cowboy or in a wig and pink polyester. A Mexican wrestler or a mummy.” Andy Beta on the legacy of the Big Boys, whose music is being reissued via Light in the Attic. Inside the Library […]