Steve recommends “I Know You’re Out There” by Michael Beaumier
Lonely hearts in Chi-town and the man who tried to make their lives better. Funny, sad, true, and real.
Look! I made a thing!!
For my Design Methods class we had to choose a book and re-design it’s cover. I picked The fault in Our stars by John Green <3. I suck with type, but I’m pretty happy how this turned out. It was a fun homework and the best part is that now I have a personalized book jacket for one of my favorite books <3
Dear John Green, if you ever see this around tumblr, I hope you like it XD
“An astonishing novel. We had to wait half a century for a female Humbert. It was worth it.” -John Niven
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!
I’m not saying it’s a book that people shouldn’t read, because through the absurdity and spectacle of it, there are some great things to be taken from the text, but enough with the comparisons to Lolita, please! It’s easy… It’s too easy… Celeste is no Humbert, and to simply refer to her as a “female” anything is just silly and sexist in a compound creepy way. Humbert is Humbert. Celeste is Celeste. Humbert is not a male Celeste and Celeste is not a female Humbert. Saying that is almost as repulsive as either character!
Both are awkward and repulsive in different ways and there are separate points to be made from reading and observing readers’ reactions to both.
The film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice finally has a release date.
This wasn’t my favorite novel by Pynchon, but I’m curious about the movie.
I know nothing beyond this post about the movie, but having read the book, I can’t be the only one who hopes that Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi are cast somewhere in it, right?
“Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love were fans. Terry Gilliam—former Monty Pythonite and the director of Time Bandits, Brazil, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas—calls it ‘the most romantic novel about love and family I have read. It made me ashamed to be so utterly normal.’ In the ’90s, Harry Anderson, the magician and actor (he played the Judge on Night Court) optioned the film rights and wrote a movie script himself. Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist, adores it. ‘Certain books,’ he says, ‘are so imaginative that they suck you into a world that you’d never known existed. They make you feel like you’re being let in on this secret. It’s life-changing.’”
In Wired, former editor Caitlin Roper on Katherine Dunn’s novel Geek Love. Read an excerpt from “Rhonda Discovers Art,” a selection from Dunn’s novel The Cut Man.
Art: Brandon Zimmerman.
Every human needs a certain degree of sentimentality to feel free.
We Recommend: Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov
"Don’t be scared! This is not an epic Russian Tome, but a delightful jaunt in early 20th century Moscow’s literary scene. Maxudov’s writing career is stagnating, and everyone has told him that his terrible novel will never get published. So no one is as shocked as he is when one of the top theaters in Moscow wants to make it into a play. A dark and hilarious bit of satire based on Bulgakov’s own experiences in the theater."
Kevin enthusiastically seconds this!