“…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.
At Grantland: Downton Abbey vs. The Kardashian’s
- Tin House picks their favorite books of 2011.
- At Salon: Stumbling upon a treasure trove of Yiddish theatre posters.
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The new issue of Paris Review is out. Appearances by Lydia Davis, Dennis Cooper, Geoff Dyer, and more.
- While we were busy cooking hot dogs and celebrating not having to labor, everybody wrote about Tavi Gevinson’s new site Rookie. We’re excited about it also, so we figured if for some reason you missed out on hearing about it, we just hooked you up.
- Michael Chabon talks to the Chicago Tribune about his book for kids. He wanted to call it Go the Fuck to Sleep, but that name was already taken.
Back to school: Tom Robbins goes to CUNY.
- Michael Chabon sold a show to HBO. Hobgoblin will be about “a motley group of conmen and magicians who use their skills at deception to battle Hitler and his forces during WWII.”
Posted by Nick Curley
Today I turn twenty-six years old. It’s only been my birthday for ten hours, but so far this has proven the best year of my life. In the hopes of finding inspiration, and satisfaction for gnawing trivia, I looked up various names upon my bookshelf, to see what they were up to at/by the age of twenty-six. Let’s keep it chronological, in blocks of text: us mid-twenties types can think in lists and narratives, all at once. Continue reading
I’m probably never going to read Manhood for Amateurs (sorry), but every time I read something Michael Chabon writes something about dads, being a dad, etc. I think to myself that he probably makes a pretty sweet parent.
- In comparing himself to his father-in-law, I think he admits that he smoked or smokes weed:
“I didn’t play golf, and he had never smoked marijuana.”
- He married a woman who had “a rich history of weird sex, weird jobs and weird scenes”. Michael Chabon seems to have no boundaries.
- Michael Chabon is not ashamed to show pictures from his dork childhood
- Chabon can pop out books like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, but he says there is nothing he works harder at than being a good dad.