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A year of favorites: Tobias’s Best Of 2011

Posted by Tobias Carroll

This is the first of two lists of the books I read this year that I most enjoyed. This one focuses on books released this year; the other will focus around books that I encountered for the first time in 2011 that first entered the world in preceding years.

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Dana Spiotta’s Stone Arabia is an intentionally messy book with shifting and sometimes overlapping narrators and a sense of history, both familial and musical, looming in the background. Not long after I finished it, I found the narrative ambiguity somewhat frustrating; a few months later, I find myself appreciating it a lot more. It’s about the ambiguity of art and the toll that making art can bring, on both the artist and the people around them. The Pale King, David Foster Wallace’s final novel, reads like a collage, its characters and narratives overlapping and sometimes crystallizing for moments of almost unbearable revelation or violence or horror. (Or all of the above.) 
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Afternoon Bites: Gary Lutz, Ellen Willis, Bob Mould, and more

“I guess it’s more accessible, or at least a little less willfully disingratiating than my other books, which had more than a touch of solipsism. ” Gary Lutz is interviewed about his new collection Divorcer in The Paris Review.

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A year of favorites: Jason’s 2011 Best Of list

Posted by Jason Diamond

I’ve written and read my share of year-end lists, and I’m at the point now where I’m not totally sure what sort of purpose they serve, but I continue to read and write them anyway.  I’m not trying to sound jaded about peoples roundups of the year that was, in fact I rather like them and really enjoy doing my own.  I guess my issue tends to be more of the way you’ve got to dig deep for the Best Of lists that challenge me to revisit something I may have missed in the year.  Like I know people really like The Marriage Project and thought Watch The Throne was a masterpiece, but why do I want to re-read about these works a few months after the initial offering?  Or why do I want to read what is essentially another review?

With all that said, I’ve tried my damnedest not to write another “Best Of” list of my own that adheres to any sort of real structure.  I feel like a lot of the stuff on this list I’ve mentioned in the past, but for sake of celebration, I’d like to try and build upon why they had such an impact on my life. Continue reading

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Afternoon Bites: Joe Hill, Robert Christgau, Ted Leo on Fugazi, and more

“From where I sit inside the whale, ’70s rockmags and alternaweeklies generated a lost trove of American criticism. With Willis and Nelson added to the eight other names now compiled one way or another — Lester Bangs, Greil Marcus, Robert Palmer, Richard Meltzer, Dave Marsh, Nick Tosches, Jon Landau, and myself — the early record is in a sense complete.” Robert Christgau on recent books by or about Ellen Willis and Paul Nelson.

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Afternoon Bites: David Mitchell, Ellen Willis, 33 1/3 Live, Kate Bush, Tina Fey, and David Foster Wallace’s Self-Help Archives, and More

Tomorrow at Greenlight in Brooklyn: Christopher Weingarten, Daphne Carr, Bryan Charles, and Hank Shteamer discuss their contributions to the 33 1/3 series.

  • Several months ago, we mentioned a conference on the music criticism of Ellen Willis, to take place at NYU. One can now pre-register for said conference here. And Robert Christgau provides some context here.

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