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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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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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Morning Bites: Anti-Putin punk, Malick’s muse, On Englander, fantasy illustrators, and more

“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.

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Afternoon Bites: Chris Andrews on translation, Hot Lit Mags, James Sturm on Jack Kirby, and more

Tom Roberge looks at 13 different ways of interacting with Anne Carson’s Nox.

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Morning Bites: Pencil Neck Geeks, Dan Chaon’s tunes, The New Inquiry, pickling stuff, and more

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.
  • 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.)

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Afternoon Bites: William S. Burroughs in pop culture, “Angelmaker” gets a trailer , 90s hardcore and Skrillex, and more

“I spent a lot of time at Abbey Road Books waiting for movies to start, and on one occasion made a special trip for an event: a book signing featuring Rich Hall of Not Necessarily the News and Sniglets fame. I believe this was in the summer of 1986.” At The Millions, Bryan Charles remembers Abbey Road Books.

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