A Quick Technical Note for the Weekend

Posted by Tobias Carroll

Posting will be light this weekend, as we’re in the process of moving Vol.1 to a new host. The changes should be transparent, and there won’t be any need to update your bookmarks or feed reader settings. Indexing and Sunday Stories will return next weekend.

The only significant change is this: if you subscribe to our posts via email, you will need to resubscribe to our new mailing list next week.

Thanks for reading. See you on Monday.

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Afternoon Bites: Stephen Fry, Geoff Dyer on criticism, the Month of Letters challenge, and more

“It seems to me that now there could be a real incentive to write negatively. I would be wary if this were to serve as any sort of inducement to write witty and damning phrases. The key thing is the sensitivity of the response and the accuracy of the judgment.” At The Guardian, Geoff Dyer and Anna Baddely discuss criticism. (via MobyLives)

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The Week In Reviews: Jay-Z at Carnegie Hall, the journalism of Charles Dickens, Edward St Aubyn’s prose, and more

A weekly appreciation for the art of the review.

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There Will Be Adam Wilson

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Morning Bites: Illustrating Salinger, Ridley and Cormac, Bad Gatsby, Jon Cotner walks, K-Holes, and more

Drawing Holden Caulfield and the people in his life.  (Via Literary Kicks)

  • Rachel Shukert talks about Oprah’s new Hasidic friends at Tablet.
  • Jon Cotner and crew walk through several NYC neighborhoods armed only with “one-line utterances that replace urban anonymity with affection” for BMW Guggenheim Labs.
  • The John Keats connection to now-retired NFL running back Rickey Williams, at The Classical.

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Afternoon Bites: Hanksy Speaks! Chabon on comics! Straub on Walhberg! and more.

“…Feather and Conn are not Stan and Jack; their fates, their experiences, their biographies, and their personalities are quite different. Jack Kirby died in 1994, still idolized by fans, surrounded by his loving family, as far from the embittered loneliness of Mort Feather as you can be. And Stan Lee is still going strong, a potent creative force who seems to bear up under the tribulations and triumphs of a long and interesting life with the élan for which he has always been famous.” Michael Chabon is interviewed at The New Yorker‘s Book Bench.

  • Kate Zambreno’s Heroines has a cover.

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Greatest Books I’ve Never Read #1: “On The Road”

Posted by Nick Curley

In each volume of his bound-to-be-award-winning series “The Greatest Books I’ve Never Read”, avid procrastinator and V1 editor Nick Curley profiles a renowned tome of fiction that, for a variety of reasons, he has not gotten around to completing during his tenure on this earth.  In other words: an almost entirely uninformed book review.  This series aims to be confessional, cathartic, and as embarrassing as possible. It is an inquiry into non-reading where reading should have been: a descent into the illiterate soul. Join him in our shared, faux-bookish plight: we are in this together, and he is dying for your sins.

THIS WEEK’S ADVENTURE: On the Road by Jack Kerouac (Viking, 1957)

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