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Tag Archives: Charles Dickens
The Week In Reviews: Jay-Z at Carnegie Hall, the journalism of Charles Dickens, Edward St Aubyn’s prose, and more
Morning Bites: Rachel Maddow’s Steinbeck Award, Dickens’ Google Doodle, Adam Wilson’s playlist, and more
Rachel Maddow wins the John Steinbeck Award. She’s now in the same league as Studs Terkel, Joan Baez, and The Boss.
- Today is the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens. Our celebration includes checking out his Google Doodle, and also remembering the day he died. We should probably read about his screwed up brother, then maybe go eat some Dickens cake with Prince Charles.
- Adam Wilson gets interviewed about his forthcoming novel, Flatscreen. Lots of talk about music.
- Eleanor Friedberger’s Chick Tracts.
- And finally, in Vol. 1 contributors doing stuff elsewhere: Jason writes about the Jewish influence on the Ivy League look at Tablet, and Tobias checks out Nicolas Jaar at MoMA PS1 for the L Magazine.
We forgot this one from two days ago, but since we’ve opened each day with Bret Easton Ellis, we might as well act like it’s part of an ongoing theme, so here is a list of “Yuppie lit.” (And yes, American Psycho is included, but the Yuppie Handbook is not.)
- Charles Dickens: the online magazine.
- Our old pal Amy Klein talks to The Awl. When you’re done reading that, maybe read the essay on Patti Smith she wrote for us last year.
- Remember when people used to write postcard to each other? Somebody at NYRB does.
- Why are people so fascinated with stories of men living alone in the wilderness?
- Here’s a picture of designer Billy Reid holding a bunch of books that we suspect he’s using just for decoration. Also, music he likes.
Posted by Jason Diamond
Maybe it’s because I’m a Jew, but two things I think need to halt immediately are putting up Christmas lights and/or talking about A Christmas Carol before Thanksgiving. I know I’m going to get e-mails from angry fans of Chazzy Dickens, but I’m sorry, I just needed to get this off my chest. No disrespect, Chazzy was a tight bro, but I just had to put it out there.
Weekend Bites: All Tomorrow’s Magazine Parties, Pank’s Queer Issue, Salinger’s Bio, Great Expectations Cake and More
- The very awesome Greenlight Bookstore turns 2 today (Saturday). Go there, spend a hundred bucks, and they will give you a free tote bag.
Weekend Bites: Jami Attenberg in Tijuana, Discussing Reality Hunger, Hating on the Classics, Marc Ribot, and More
- Jami Attenberg shares the piece she wrote for The Greatest Three-Minute Rock ‘n’ Roll Story Ever event that we produced with our pals at Gigantic Magazine in Feb.
- At HTMLGIANT, Blake Butler and Matthew Simmons discuss Reality Hunger.
- The Rumpus book club sounds like a great idea.
- Great title: “Wonk by Day, Poet by Night“.
- Hating on the classics.
- Marc Ribot discusses scoring The Kid.