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
I had to look back at the late nights when her voice has sung me out of sadness to sleep, back to those Saturday afternoons of my childhood, and ask myself what I had learned from her, as a musician and a woman....more
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.
Gabriel Urza received his MFA from the Ohio State University. His family is from the Basque region of Spain where he lived for several years. He is a grant recipient from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and his short fiction and essays have been published in Riverteeth, Hobart, Erlea, The Kenyon Review, West Branch, Slate and other publications. He also has a degree in law from the University of Notre Dame and has spent several years as a public defender in Reno, Nevada.
You can’t find your own voice, unless you’re listening for it.
In a thoughtful interview with radio host David Naimon, the lovely and wise Ursula K. Le Guin talks about her newly revised writing manual, Steering the Craft; the sound and skeletons of sentences; and the intersection of language and society. It’s a must-listen!
It’s hard to escape news about water these days. Drought on the West Coast, hurricane season raging on the East Coast, and NASA found water on Mars. No matter where you are, these books will drench you. (more…)
The Booksmith presents an Artists Talk: a panel discussion featuring David Talbot, Tony Robles, and others, on the subject, “The Preservation of Culture, Literature and Art in San Francisco.” Free, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith.
This has been organised by the Frankfurt book fair and crosses one of our political system’s red lines. We consider this move as anti-cultural,” [Seyed Abbas Salehi, deputy minister for culture and Islamic guidance] said, according to local news agencies. “Imam Khomeini’s fatwa on this issue is reflective of our religion and it will never fade away. We urge organisers to cancel his address.
Salman Rushdie has been invited to give the keynote address at next week’s Frankfurt Book Fair, causing Iran to threaten a boycott of the event. The author’s relationship with the Muslim world has been fraught since the publication of his book The Satanic Verses and Iran’s declaration of a fatwa against him in 1989.
Atwood says this is not the time for realistic fiction — and it’s no coincidence that dystopia and fantasy are on the rise now. “I think they’re coming out of people’s feeling that things are going haywire, and you cannot depend on a stable background for ‘realistic fiction.’ And when there’s perceived instability that’s happening you can’t write that kind of novel and have people believe it.”
In a conversation with NPR, Margaret Atwood talks about her new novel, The Heart Goes Last, a book which NPR describes as difficult to define.
Creation Records compiled live performances from the label’s artists from 1987–1992: an hour plus of My Bloody Valentine, Primal Scream, Ride, The Telescopes, Teenage Fanclub, Felt, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and more. See the full tracklist on the label’s site and stream the album after the jump.
I came first to film like a neighing kinsman. Anyone could snicker at my picks in the holiest of fresh fields, our Man Bites Dog cinema. We throw such company behind the flicker and produce art despite what it is, that’s the highest breach against who we really are humans might wing. It’s pure loud experience assembled by people eating craft services. On rare occasions, it’s okay that we’re not enough. I do what I’ll call filmic hamstrings for beloved Hobart. They are, to my knowledge, one of the very few journals willing to support a poet-y movie reviewer.
Even if I didn’t quite grasp the nature of my radical misreading of the novel—Humbert’s a predator, not a competitor—I understood that for the majority of readers it didn’t tend to provoke reactions like mine. How weird and fucked-up was I?
You see the problem. “Snob” is a category in which nobody would willingly, or at least unironically, claim membership. Like the related (and similarly complicated) term “hipster,” it’s what you call someone else.