Christopher Moore discusses his latest book, Secondhand Souls, the permanence of place in San Francisco, Michael Bay’s take on marine biology, and why everyone from Shakespeare nerds to goth teens trusts him to deliver laughs. ...more
Pulitzer Prize–winning author Adam Johnson talks about his new book, Fortune Smiles, fiction and voice, veterans and defectors, solar-powered robots and self-driving cars, and infrared baseball caps that can blind security cameras. ...more
The Boat is an interactive graphic novel based on the acclaimed story by Nam Le. The project unites hand drawn artwork, animation, text, sound, and archive to explore this important moment in history. ...more
Fables and fairy tales and folk tales can compel us on their own, but they’re also ripe for reinvention. Some authors may take the skeleton of a centuries-old story and use it as the basis for something new; others may borrow the language or structure in order to apply them to something else entirely.
In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Rihanna talks about her career up to this moment, going into depth about the ways in which she has seen worldwide success, public shaming, and private tragedy. She also begs the question of why so many were outraged in the moment of the Internet fallout regarding Dolezal’s ethnic heritage:
I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit. Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people’s perspective a bit and woke people up.
What I had found was that it took the instant to make me realize how much life had changed. M and I hadn’t been friends for years, but I had lived every day of those years thinking that reconciliation might be just around the corner. It wasn’t that I thought about her, or about us, every day; it was that I had never really gone through the process of grieving the friendship. I hadn’t wanted to let it die.
The heady freedom of the 1960s touched almost every aspect of society, from civil rights activism to gender equity to mass media. The ambitious “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, is a telling example of that liberal attitude. Written by Steven Stills for his former girlfriend, musician Judy Collins, the song’s sprightly guitar and vocal harmonies convey a sweet giddiness typical of the 60s, while the lyrics add a more complicated layer to this seven-minute barn burner. They sing:
I’ve got an answer I’m going to fly away What have I got to lose
Thursday 10/8: Michael Golding reads from her spiritual novel, A Poet of the Invisible World. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.
Mark Sten reads from All Ages: The Rise and Fall of Portland Punk Rock, 1977-1981, an in-depth history and analysis of Portland’s first punk scene, exploring the origins of Poison Idea, Dead Moon, the Wipers, the Neo Boys, and many others. Sten will be joined for a panel discussion by filmmaker/musician Mike Lastra, Poison Idea lead singer Jerry A., former club owner/promoter Fred Noize, Jungle Nausea singer/guitarist Tammy Cates, and the Neo Boys drummer Pat Baum. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
I feel like I’m just a hair’s breadth away from a consensus that what I do is horrible.
Guernica has a wonderful interview with graphic novelist Adrian Tomine, whose latest book Killing and Dying was recently released. Tomine talks about the difficulties of capturing the subject matters of race and fatherhood, all while meditating on the challenges of writing through the comic form.
When I talked to him that weekend, he explained I couldn’t have been pregnant because we hadn’t had sex. He knew because he and his dad sometimes hired a bull and watched it work. He’d had sex himself, in the past. He’d like to again, he added. I couldn’t trust myself not to, I knew, and I didn’t want to squander another series of days and nights worrying how I’d feel moving to a squat house with hodgepodge furniture, or wheeling my baby through Super Valu as I bought meat, eggs, Comet, Gerber products, Windex.
Translated literature is as much a product of the translator as it is the writer. After years of in the doldrums, literature in translation is making a resurgence as the art and skill has modernized. The Financial Times takes a look at the people responsible for bringing non-English texts to English readers and exporting English texts to other languages.
NPR took a tour of the Kerlan Collection, a formerly private library of first-edition children’s books as well as original artwork, drafts of manuscripts, and other ephemera housed at the University of Minnesota:
This is something you see a lot at the Kerlan. Authors often discard characters and add new ones. Sketches can change radically over the course of 15 drafts.
DiCamillo says those alterations basically document the creative process.
“That’s the part that really grabs me. You can come here and see how people work and you also start to see that it’s work.”
After releasing his albumb’lieve i’m goin down September 25th, Kurt Vile is going on tour, and Stereogum collected a series of videos from the kick-off performance in his native Philadelphia. Watch Vile play “Wheelhouse” after the jump.