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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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Afternoon Bites: Carl Wilson’s 2011, Emma Straub makes a mix, Justin Davidson on Philip Glass, and more

“Perhaps, I thought, I had never listened hard enough to get beneath the churning surface, and impression had hardened into prejudice. A friend of mine speaks of the “ecstasy” of listening to Glass; I wanted some of that, too.” Justin Davidson on trying to embrace the music of Philip Glass.

  • This Emily Books panel — including appearances from Alexander Chee and Heidi Julavits — looks pretty fantastic.

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Afternoon Bites: Patton Oswalt chats with Harlan Ellison, Disco Inferno is reissued, heiresses get literary, and more

Patton Oswalt interviews Harlan Ellison. To repeat: Patton Oswalt interviews Harlan Ellison. As a bonus, said interview contains the phrase “Nebula Award-winning pee.”

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Your favorite television characters as lit bloggers

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Pretty simple formula:  your favorite television characters imagined as people who sit behind their laptops and blog about books.   Continue reading

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

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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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Morning Bites: Another American Psycho, Sara Levine’s music, Unpopular Proverbs, and more

Another American Psycho film?  Seriously?  Is that really necessary?  Is Bret Easton Ellis hard up for cash or something?

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Morning Bites: Detroit pictures, Eisenberg’s year, Grossman’s picks, DeLillo rips an ollie, and more

Photo: Julia Reyes Taubman/Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Detroit News on Julia Reyes Taubman’s photobook Detroit: 138 Square Miles 

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