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May 14, 2010

The Hipsterati 15

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“It was my dad’s 60th birthday. We went out to dinner in Brooklyn and he looked around and said, ‘Who are these people?’ I told him they were hipsters. He asked if that was like hippies. No, I told him, the short answer is that they’re grown-up babies.”

May 13, 2010

V: Lizard Aliens as a Social Reminder 15

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The latest TV hit: a 2010 sci-fi remake of a 1980s sci-fi hit, itself an adaptation of a 1935 novel warning against the growing threat of fascism. We live in a world where history repeats itself; where old ideas cloak themselves in various contemporary skins and pretty packages for each budding generation.

May 12, 2010

Appearing Elsewhere: DFW Roundtable 0

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Along with D.T. Max, Laura Miller, and Jason Kottke, I’ll be participating in this week’s discussion of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace over at New York Magazine.

May 12, 2010

Elegy for a Stillborn Story 9

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If we’re doing it right, the story will change us. It will die in our arms, and we will press our lips to it and breathe an idea back in. We will stand among hundreds of our stories gathered in piles at our feet, and we won’t know if we’re in a cemetery or a nursery.

May 11, 2010

Ellis Interviewed 0

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Ahead of the release of Imperial Bedrooms, Vice has an interview with Bret Easton Ellis. “All my friends moved to Brooklyn. The only people I know in Manhattan are rich, and it just seems like, you know, the party was fun, but it’s kind of over for me. LA seemed to be the place to […]

May 11, 2010

Elkin’s 80th 0

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Today would be author Stanley Elkin’s 80th. On this occasion, one fan posts an excerpt from The Franchiser and suggests “Read it out loud three times: the first to hear the sounds, the second to feel your mouth and tongue and throat make the sounds, the third time to listen to what Elkin is saying.”

May 11, 2010

Tuesday New Release Day 0

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Martin Amis’ The Pregnant Widow is out today (Kakutani sez, “remarkably tedious” but The Guardian adds, “Amis might draw comfort from the long and distinguished list of Kakutani’s literary victims.”) Also out, Sebastian Junger’s War, the result of time spent embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan.

May 11, 2010

A Novel for You and Me: A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff 12

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Rakoff’s novel poses a central question: what do you hold onto from your idealistic youth, and what do you shed?

May 11, 2010

The Weird Sisters: CocoRosie’s Grey Oceans 8

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CocoRosie’s mythology is equal parts Victorian childhood and modern Gothic. The freak folk/trip hop duo are innocents who know about the dark side, but still believe in angels, fairies, God, St. Nicholas, rainbows, unicorns, Armageddon. The sisters’ haunting, perverse lullabies tend to make lovers or haters of their listeners pretty quickly.

May 10, 2010

Adventures in Journalism 0

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Bono and Bob Geldof guest edited Monday’s issue of the Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto.