Posts by: Nikita Schoen
Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jim Hinch reveals the holes in Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve.
Hinch asks how a book which repeatedly gets its facts and insinuations wrong could have been recognized with awards like the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction....more
Have you ever snuck up to your bookshelf and pretended to see through a stranger’s eyes, imagining what someone who didn’t know you would gather from the titles perched there, the spines pristine or riddled with the worn lines of multiple reads?...more
“You may have heard the news that the independent bookstore is dead, that books are dead, that maybe even reading is dead—to which I say: Pull up a chair, friend. I have a story to tell.”
Over at The Atlantic, Ann Patchett writes about her experience opening a bookstore in Nashville after the town lost the only two it had....more
Junot Diaz, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Joyce Carol Oates and countless other authors, intellectuals and humanitarian efforts, such as Libraries Without Borders, agree: books should be a part of emergency relief efforts.
They’ve all come together to sign and campaign for The Urgency of Reading petition....more
Andrew Solomon’s “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity” seems like a book we might like.
Solomon cuts to the heart of the many possible events and conditions that throw a family into chaos and the category of “other,” and how that family then tries, or does not try, to reconcile their reality....more
Mother Jones interviews Phillip Pullman, author of the Dark Materials series, about his new book–a collection of stories retelling the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
“When I first started writing, I tried to [write in a modern style], but I realized that there was a limited value in that....more
The Guardian offers a podcast of Robert and Aline Crumb in conversation about their new book Drawn Together, a collection of autobiographical comic strips they’ve created together over the past 40 years.
The podcast also discusses some contemporary award-winning graphic novels which illustrate the point that “graphic literature now offers something for everyone.” New additions to your To-Read list!...more
Whether you are obsessed with film and its theoretical and historical aspects, or simply enjoy overhearing a brilliant conversation between two intensely analytical people, boy, have we got a treat for you: Greil Marcus interviewing David Thomson about everything from surrealistic film and modern entertainment consumption habits, to nihilism and the “internalized videogame called sensation.”
We’ll give you a taste, but there is no one quote we could slice from the delicious meat of this interview that would do absolute justice to the range of ideas discussed:...more
It was inevitable, in our day and age, we guess, that the world of classical translation would look over at the world of the colloquial, bite-sized, social network-friendly format and go, “hm…”
Over at The Millions, Magdalena Edwards braves Brooklyn, a game of Telephone (sort of) and Paul Legault’s translation of Emily Dickinson’s poetry in order to analyze such a clash of worlds:...more
Funding for the arts is hard to come by these days.
Ever wonder what it’s like for the folks in prison, and those who work with prisoners, who can see the positive effects of music, drawing, painting, writing and all the other glories of creativity?...more
OBR is a massive movement which hopes to take a visible stand against violence towards women, and will take place on Valentine’s Day 2013....more
The New Yorker features an excerpt from Jonathan Lethem’s gorgeous, poetic ode (at times loving, at times sharp, at times you’re not sure) to Andy Warhol and the scene, sense and phenomenon the “Loft Kid” created and left behind.
I’ll be your Sticky Fingers: the already-scuffed album jacket of the record in the thrift shop window, yesterday’s papers that had only just reached the Loft Kid today, the very title conveying an overload of sordid sexual implication you’d brush off if only you could get the songs out of your head.
Over at the Los Angeles Review of Books, Sarah Mesle writes a thoughtful essay about the idea, and complications, of manhood as presented in Young Adult literature.
“Why is it that in YA literature — a genre generated entirely to describe the transition to adulthood — there is so much fear and ambivalence surrounding manhood?...more
Not only has Wild garnered the interest of Reese Witherspoon, who is set to star, but Strayed has said Nick Hornby (who has penned About a Boy and An Education, among others) is signed on to write the screenplay!...more
HTMLGIANT linked to Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading (you should subscribe for some free weekly fiction!), which featured an excerpt from Sam Pink’s imminent novel, Rontel. HTML featured a smaller lick of it, but then we clicked over to the longer excerpt, and man…
You should just read it....more
At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Jack Halberston discusses the new wave of feminism crashing down upon the 21st century.
While introducing his new book, Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal (and we’re all for an end to Normal!), he critiques other examples such as Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman, and The End of Men by Hanna Rosin....more
HTMLGIANT features Carrie Lorig’s breathtaking review of Raul Zurita’s Dreams for Kurosawa, a book of poems provoked jointly by the film Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (take that literally; Kurosawa directed a haunting film which reproduced dreams he actually had) and Augusto Pinochet’s horrific coup d’etat of 1973....more
Before social media, people spread ideas with postcards.
Collectors Weekly features an article of the double-edged sword variety. Lisa Hicks provides a selection of Suffrage-era postcards (both pro and against), but her accompanying essay is a far cry from a casual discussion of turn-of-the-century illustration and rhetoric....more
Who doesn’t love awesomely funny and quirky writers who slyly and inevitably ravage us with their insights into the sometimes devastating complexities of life and interaction with our fellow human beings? What about one such writer reading the work of another such writer?...more
We’ve got a treat for those of you who followed Sandy’s destructive path and what has been left in her wake....more