- From Flavorpill: 10 Films about Music We Can't Wait to See and Our 35 Favorite Music Moments in Film
- From The Top 13: Best Acting Performances by Musicians
- Now Playing: The Audreys
- Sophie Blackall creates illustrations to accompany Missed Connections.
- The Top 10 Places You Don't Want to Visit
- I think I must have this pinnacle in packaging from Tank Books.
- Glimpse Banksy in the "the world’s first street-art disaster movie."
- The shortlist for the "lost" 1970 Booker Prize has been announced.
- Hemingway Novel Character or "Match Game PM" Star?
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
- Write or Die (!) starts erasing what you've written if you stop typing.
- 10 Literary Ladies in Desperate Need of a Gay Friend
- Donatello doesn’t call it “TV” because nicknames are for friends...and more from Hipster Kitty.
- Sam Lipsyte takes us on a walking tour of Astoria.
- Top 10 Movie Gang Fights
- Check out Richard Ramirez's letterhead. That's just wrong.
- I want 4 by Poe.
- 15 Witty Pieces of Text Graffiti
- This is a "pretty insane project": A Reference Of Female-Fronted Punk Rock: 1977-89
- Jon Stewart tries out Chatroulette.
- The 16 Best Dystopian Books of All Time
- I didn't say this anywhere else and I should have: Mary Gaitskill's reading at the Hammer this past week was thrilling.
Posted by escapegrace at 12:42 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Ridiculous! I cannot believe I've only read four books this year so far. Time to step it up...
1. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
This novel is the epic undertaking critics claim, painting a great world within the borders of Manhattan. Characters converge around the 1974 walk of Philippe Petit between the World Trade Center towers, and while some characters are more memorable than others, the whole book is greater than the sum of its parts. More balance between the chapters would have made it a bit better read for me, but others may disagree.
2. The Best American Short Stories 2009
Alice Sebold was this year's editor, and she chose some memorable selections, especially "Hurricanes Anonymous," which I can't get out of my head. Unfortunately, the pace of the collection staggers somewhat dramatically toward the end. I've never seen this happen before in a BASS collection, and I don't think Pitlor, Sebold, or the last 3-4 writers alphabetically are singularly responsible, but it was not a strong finish.
3. Blame by Michelle Huneven
I adore Michelle Huneven's writing. It's as simple as that. She takes the stuff of ordinary life and seemingly does nothing all that groundbreaking with it, but her novels stick with me in a way few do. I also stop and linger over some of her sentences and think, "Damn. I wish I had written that sentence." I can think of no other writer - except maybe Francine Prose - who infuses the accessible with insight and truth quite as well.
4. Tinkers by Paul Harding
I can't tell whether the hype for this book ruined it for me, or whether I hate nature writing, or whether I just wasn't in the mood for such indirect prose after Blame, but at times, I almost walked away without finishing it. Yes, there is some beautiful writing, and I admire what Harding was attempting, but the narrative just did not flow for me.
Posted by escapegrace at 1:40 PM