Articles by Patrick Brown

April 18, 2012

Getting the Good Stuff: Mark Haskell Smith’s Heart of Dankness 6

Take it from a guy who hates reggae: I highly recommend picking up Heart of Dankness, whether you have a doctor’s recommendation or not.

February 24, 2012

Source Material: Breaking Down the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay 14

If the publishing industry really does collapse, as some predict it will, it won’t be the big houses or the independent bookstores that will be most affected, it will be Hollywood. This year’s crop of Oscar contenders begs the question “Can there be a cinema without books?”

December 17, 2011

A Year in Reading: Patrick Brown 2

Here was the reading experience I was looking for! I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I read it over breakfast, over lunch. I voluntarily took the bus to work, just so I’d have extra time to read. It was the book that reminded me what a pleasure a great book can be.

September 30, 2011

The Joys and Compromises of Bennett Miller’s Moneyball 2

Take whatever it is that’s important to you – knitting, perhaps, or mountain biking – and then imagine waiting for a feature film about it. Would you be excited or nervous? Or would you simply be dreading how Hollywood would manage to fuck up your passion?

July 28, 2011

Staff Pick: Baseball Playbook 1

“You might have to coach Little League in a few years,” my father told me, handing me a strange, plain book. My son was a week old. It would be at least two years before he would learn to throw a cut fastball (and probably another year or two before he had any real command of the pitch).

January 12, 2011

Staff Pick: FreeDarko Presents The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History 6

To find truth — and in so doing, beauty — in the game is the height of sportswriting, a genre usually mired somewhere between tawdry gossip and vitriolic hyperbole.

October 29, 2010

Report from the Future of Reading: The Books in Browsers Conference 8

It’s only through seizing the social reading moment, so to speak, that the publishers can hope to wrestle some measure of control back from the tech companies that have come to dominate their industry.

October 11, 2010

Gratuitous: How Sexism Threatens to Undermine the Internet 12

I like following Lisa’s blog because, for whatever reason, her narrative is compelling. Following it is somewhat akin to watching a reality TV show (Not one of the ones where they try to out-dance each other or diet for money, but one that just follows someone’s daily life). She’s my Jersey Shore.

September 27, 2010

Comparing Apples to BMWs: What Does it Mean to be a “Best Bookstore” Anyway? 8

Flavorwire’s list of the Top Ten Bookstores in the US was not supposed to piss me off, but that’s exactly what it did. It was supposed to be the sort of article you read and then forget about. Instead, I found myself dwelling on the thing and, well, getting pissed off.

September 14, 2010

The Millions Interview: Natasha Vargas-Cooper 0

You are dealing with inherently banal products, nylons, cigarettes, cameras, hairspray; what’s incredible about Mad Men is the allure Draper and Co inject into them, even tag lines that we’ve heard before are refreshed by the narrative Don develops behind them.