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Posted by Jason Diamond
I take back every single time made fun of the New York Times in the past. I take it all back because of one single quote from the piece on The New Inquiry:
“Tim Barker, a junior at Columbia, awkwardly admitted that he, too, had chosen a reading from Debord. (What are the odds?)”
What are the odds that two dudes hanging out in a secret bookstore would both be looking to read a little Guy Debord, that a New York Times reporter would be there for it, and it would record the moment in a manner that usurped ” a bomb was thrown at their motor car. The Archduke pushed it off with his arm,” as the best thing I’ve ever seen in the pages of the Old Gray Lady?
PANK takes over Brooklyn tomorrow. Friends like Deb Olin Unferth, Melissa Broder, and Sean Doyle will be reading.
- Using Joan Didion logic to discuss Michelle Bachman.
- Remembering Hunter S. Thompson as a writer, and not so much Hunter S. Thompson as a drug crazed lunatic.
- Michael Kimball wanted to be a basketball player, and other assorted tidbits about his life.
- This summer’s most beautiful books. Not sure if they’re any good…
- Eleanor Henderson’s coming of age punk/straight edge novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is discussed at the Boston Globe.
- A nifty little documentary on how books are made from sometime around the late 1940s. (Thanks to @Bookish_Type)
- Young kids threatening Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to close libraries.
- Reflecting on J.D. Salinger.
- Things we didn’t think we’d ever type: Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen playing Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud in a David Cronenberg film.
Posted by Jason Diamond
I will hopefully do many great things in my life, and if I can somehow do enough to earn such a fantastic obituary as the late travel writer Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor had written for him by the BBC, then I will smile down from heaven and say, “You know what? I lived a damn good life.”
Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, who has died aged 96, was both a man of action and an intellectual.
That’s really all you need to say.
Pop Candy on Open City ceasing publication of their magazine, and the release of They’re at it Again: An Open City Reader.
- They’re reading a lot in Miami: The 20 most “well-read cities in America.”
- Rudolph Herzog talks about the book he wrote, Dead Funny: Humor in Hitler’s Germany, as a way to confront his grandparents’ Nazi past.
- Howard Jacobson is on the latest episode of Bookworm.
- Aren’t you glad to know that Kurt Cobain had a great penis?