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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)
- So apparently Ridley Scott is apparently directing a film based off a Cormac McCarthy. Not sure if this will come out before or after the Blade Runner sequel, but we’re intrigued.
- Who are these people giving The Great Gatsby bad online reviews?
- 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.
- Wake up the right way, listen to this new K-Holes song.
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Today we learned (via The Morning News) that Brown University and The University of Tulsa have teamed up to digitize a bunch of early 20th Century literary magazines, and believe it’s safe to say that The Modernist Journals Project is possibly the best thing we’ve seen all week. We look forward to reading “The Freewoman,” then following it up with “The New Freewoman.”
“They were dressed in summery short dresses and tights, but brightly colored balaclavas masked their faces. Dancing frantically to keep warm, they launched into a song that could be delicately titled “Putin Got Scared,” though the lyrics in Russian were ruder than that.” – Pussy Riot, our new favorite band on the planet, gets profiled by NPR.
- Gary Shteyngart, Douglas Rushkoff, and a bunch of other smart folks weigh in on Facebook $5 billion dollar IPO at Motherboard.
- At Tablet: Adam Kirsch on Nathan Englander with appearances by Kafka, Babel, and Roth.
- “He’s the reason Metallica, Conan the Barbarian, and Zelda can comfortably hold hands.” – HiLowbrow pays tribute to fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta.
- Natalie Portman and Terrence Malick are going to be doing a lot of work together.
We bet you’re probably still hungover from your Charles Dickens birthday celebration, but it’s time to get back on the horse and party again: Jules Verne and “Classy” Freddie Blassie were both born on this day. One of them coined the phrase, “Pencil Necked Geek,” and it wasn’t Verne…
- Aleksandar Hemon at Guernica on Ethnic identity training for children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Dan Chaon picks some really good songs (Red House Painters, Tom Waits, Belly) for his Largehearted Boy Book Notes.
- Rachel Rosenfelt of The New Inquiry is interviewed by the Los Angeles Review of Books blog. If you’d like to subscribe to The New Inquiry, it only costs two dollars. You can’t get anything for two dollars.
- Maybe you should pickle everything? (Only funny if you’ve seen the Portlandia skit.)