Posts by: David Breithaupt
“To read,” wrote E.M. Cioran, “is to let someone else do the work for you.” Indeed, David Kukoff has done extensive footwork collecting an array of varied experiences to give us an idea of what it was to live in LA during what might arguably be one of its most pivotal decades....more
Feeling anxious about today’s election? Brain Pickings gives us a look at how writer Mary Oliver copes when times are tough:
The second world—the world of literature—offered me, besides the pleasures of form, the sustentation of empathy (the first step of what Keats called negative capability) and I ran for it.
Osman Ahmed sat down with fragrance maker Timothy Hahn for AnOther.com to discuss his latest installment of literary-inspired luxuries:
When Han created a scent inspired by Simone de Beauvoir’s 1938 novel She Came to Stay (or L’Invitée, as it is known en francais) he interpreted the mood of the semi-autobiographical novel that tells the story of Jean-Paul Sartre’s and de Beauvoir’s menage à trois.
Verlaine bought the 7mm six-shooter in Brussels on the morning of 10 July 1873, determined to put an end to a torrid two-year affair with his teenage lover.
The gun Paul Verlaine used to wound fellow poet and lover, Arthur Rimbaud, is up for auction....more
Donald Ray Pollock has been steadily serving up plates of mild horror since his first book of short stories, Knockemstiff, appeared in 2008. Pollock followed the explosion of Knockemstiff with The Devil All the Time, in 2011, his first novel, which also bordered on the genre of mystery, again with generous servings of darkness....more
From the very beginning when Jon Wagner had hired Steve to start the magazine, it was clear the vison, the content—all final decisions would be Steve’s.
Like a perverse turtle, Rob Greenfield wears his trash on his back: Sandwiched between heavy duty plastic sheeting is every wrapper, bag, tissue and twisty tie the environmental activist has accumulated over the past few weeks. His unusual garb is part of an attention-grabbing demonstration.
And this isn’t so much about art as it is about using art in the worst way. This is a Pro-Trump rally masquerading as a performance art piece that is as vicious an assault on any progressive political sensibility as it is on the less market-oriented forms of underfunded public art forms: social practice, performance art, and art activism.
As ever, we’ve a stimulating shortlist to offset the arrival of the cold autumn weather: look no further for the latest in art, film, theatre and restaurant openings.
No need to be depressed thinking about winter’s inevitability. Instead, check out this to-do list for the season of mellow fruitfulness from AnOther....more
Os&1s Reads’s The Art of Commerce talks with Merritt Tierce, author of Love Me Back, about the relationship between writers and money:
Publishing is a machine that does what it does. You’re grateful, of course, to have the connection to it, because part of what it does is present your book to thousands and thousands of readers.
Have you ever thought of vanishing into thin air? If so, you’re not alone. For Lit Hub, Elizabeth Greenwood investigates the pros and cons of leaving the world cold:
Depending on your budget, you can even stage a phony funeral with mourners weeping over your open casket (a cadaver from a black market morgue as your stand-in, of course) as further evidence of your untimely demise.
We had to ask everyone. Not just the people who looked “good” to get money from. And that was great because of course I was surprised by who responded and who didn’t. I feel, in general, in my life at this moment, I’m very aware of how off my preconceptions are, whereas I’ve always thought I had good instincts.
Hrag Vartanian reports on recent curator capers for Hyperallergic:
#AskaCurator day was conceived by UK-based Mar Dixon and has been embraced by many museums around the world. Yesterday, to mark the occasion, two well-known art writers (Jörg Colberg in Massachusetts and Carolina Miranda in California) decided to poke fun at the daylong curatorial celebration in their own social media–savvy way.
When I’m deep in writing a novel, pretty much every song on the radio or on my phone reminds me of someone from that particular book. Here are some of the ones that consistently came up as embodying certain characters and their situations…
We hear enough about page-turner books, but what about those books that are easy to put down? For Book Riot, Brenna Clarke Gray takes another look at books that don’t often get a second look:
The unputdownables will power you through a readathon, help you get to your book club on time, and make sure you defeat your library fines in one fell swoop.
Robert Anton Wilson—spiritualist, prophet, or batshit crazy? At disinfo, Thad McKraken weighs the pros and cons of his one-time idol:
I mean, it’s not super tough to diagnose what went wrong with R.A.W. as far as spiritual progress goes. To advance in this capacity, you have to shut off the part of your mind that’s been imprinted with the idea that western atheistic scientism is the only means of understanding reality.
Whether she’s designing accessories, developing an app, or directing a film, Miranda July’s admirably broad body of work seamlessly bridges the gap between art and life.
A brief history of Miranda July, as reported by Olivia Aylmer for AnOther. Just what is this trailblazing, unpredictable woman up to now?...more