July 18, 2014
Javier Marías on (not) writing novels.

Javier Marías for The Independent, disclosing the “first and last” reason to write a novel (along with seven reasons not to):

Writing novels allows the novelist to spend much of his time in a fictional world, which is really the only or at least the most bearable place to be. This means that he can live in the realm of what might have been and never was, and therefore in the land of what is still possible, of what will always be about to happen, what has not yet been dismissed as having happened already or because everyone knows it will never happen. The so-called realistic novelist, who, when he writes, remains firmly installed in the real world, has confused his role with that of the historian or journalist or documentary-maker.

I cannot help but wonder, in the middle of our Summer of Struggle, whether the defense of the purely fictional against remaining “firmly installed in the real world,” isn’t oblique commentary on the fictionalization of lived experience, emblematized most recently by The-Norwegian-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named?

Marías’ full piece here

July 18, 2014

"Words, Don’t come easy," reads the front inside flap of the latest, Spring 2014, issue of F.R.David. A biannual* journal published by de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam, and edited by designer/writer/artist Will Holder with Ann de Meester and Dieter Roelstraete, F.R.David is “concerned with the management of reading and writing in contemporary art practice,” which to reader-me is something of a misnomer, sounds like a grant-money line. I’d say it’s more about language as is it connects to the visual: words as objects, words as image-making (like, in the mind’s eye, like poetry), and words as used to describe, interpret, etc. the visual, art.

CLOG is a quarterly journal of architecture. Each issue looks at a specific theme from multiple points of view and through various means. This means introductory glossaries as well as critical essays, short and long form work, and as much attention paid to visuals as to text. The idea is to provide a well-rounded but precise and contained take on a given topic. Past topics have included Miami, Apple, Sci-fi, and Brutalism. The latest is on Rem Koolhaas. The one just before that is Prisons.  

Fiona recommending the journals F.R. David and CLOG, both stocked at our shop, at ALLDAYEVERYDAY. Read more here and here.

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July 17, 2014
We’re so very looking forward to a cool evening next Wednesday with literary BFFs Emma Straub and Edan Lepucki. Straub’s new novel, The Vacationers, is Cristin’s “new favorite book for grownups,” and “the book girls in cute sundresses will be reading on the subway all summer” (true!). Meanwhile, Lepucki’s debut, California, has quite a few fans, too, including Sherman Alexie and Steven Colbert. Frozen piña coladas and post-apocalyptic-strength sunscreen optional. 

We’re so very looking forward to a cool evening next Wednesday with literary BFFs Emma Straub and Edan Lepucki. Straub’s new novel, The Vacationers, is Cristin’s “new favorite book for grownups,” and “the book girls in cute sundresses will be reading on the subway all summer” (true!). Meanwhile, Lepucki’s debut, California, has quite a few fans, too, including Sherman Alexie and Steven Colbert. Frozen piña coladas and post-apocalyptic-strength sunscreen optional. 

July 17, 2014
newyorker:

Sarah Larson remembers helping a lost Elaine Stritch in Central Park: http://nyr.kr/1mYQxFa

“After a while, I felt like a creep for not acknowledging that I knew who she was, and I said, ‘By the way, I think you’re terrific.’
‘Thank you!’ she shouted. ‘You know, fans recognize me all over the place. But the second you need anything, they’re never around! They’re like the police!’”

Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times/Redux

newyorker:

Sarah Larson remembers helping a lost Elaine Stritch in Central Park: http://nyr.kr/1mYQxFa

“After a while, I felt like a creep for not acknowledging that I knew who she was, and I said, ‘By the way, I think you’re terrific.’

Thank you!’ she shouted. ‘You know, fans recognize me all over the place. But the second you need anything, they’re never around! They’re like the police!’”

Photograph: Todd Heisler/The New York Times/Redux

(Source: newyorker.com)

July 14, 2014
"I wanted to go to Burning Man because I saw the huge festival in the Nevada desert as the epicentre of the three things that most interested me in 2013: sexual experimentation, psychedelic drugs and futurism. But everyone said Burning Man was over, that it was spoiled."

— From Emily Witt’s very excellent piece on Burning Man, sex, etc., for the LRB. (This is the first sentence.)

July 10, 2014
emilygould:

Tonight at McNally Jackson, one of my all-time favorite writers Elif Batuman and I will have a conversation about my new novel Friendship and I’ll read a chapter from the book for the first time. This is a moment I could not have imagined when I started the book several years ago and would sometimes have panic attacks in McNally Jackson because all the great books on its shelves seemed like they represented something I could never hope to accomplish.  Four years, lots of credit card debt, 1.5 jobs and many temp assignments, two apartments, one cat and many, many cups of coffee etc later, I will be having a panic attack in McNally for a much more pleasant reason.If you’re in NYC, I hope you’ll join me.If you’re not in NYC and you are still interested in reading the book, I have a few suggestions about where to buy it, which is something people ask me about a lot! If you’ve been following me for a while you know that Emily Books and I have strong feelings about using your book dollars to directly support people who publish and sell books in a sustainable way. HOWEVS, the important thing is that you buy books. So here is my official suggestion, and this goes for every new book, not just mine:1. Request the book at your local independent bookstore if you don’t find it on their shelves. 2. Order it online from Powell’s. If you order $50 worth of stuff you get free shipping. Two hardcovers is all it takes! Oof, I know, but.3. Put it on hold or request it at a public library. (!) Libraries buy books if people ask them to.4. You know, Amazon. I’m not judging you. This time. (While you’re there, check out the lol reviews from some very fun and talented-seeming men). If you’re in D.C. or Portland I will see you there on August 4th and August 12, respectively.  Otherwise, see you on the Internet.

Emily Gould and Elif Batuman, here tonight at 7 to talk about a New York that doesn’t involve magically large apartments and somehow all your friends also being your neighbors. Be there for us.
(Also, sorry Emily, but we strikethroughed your Amazon link. You (the general, book-buying you, we mean) should buy it at this local independent bookstore instead (us, we mean.))

emilygould:

Tonight at McNally Jackson, one of my all-time favorite writers Elif Batuman and I will have a conversation about my new novel Friendship and I’ll read a chapter from the book for the first time. This is a moment I could not have imagined when I started the book several years ago and would sometimes have panic attacks in McNally Jackson because all the great books on its shelves seemed like they represented something I could never hope to accomplish.  Four years, lots of credit card debt, 1.5 jobs and many temp assignments, two apartments, one cat and many, many cups of coffee etc later, I will be having a panic attack in McNally for a much more pleasant reason.

If you’re in NYC, I hope you’ll join me.

If you’re not in NYC and you are still interested in reading the book, I have a few suggestions about where to buy it, which is something people ask me about a lot! If you’ve been following me for a while you know that Emily Books and I have strong feelings about using your book dollars to directly support people who publish and sell books in a sustainable way. HOWEVS, the important thing is that you buy books. So here is my official suggestion, and this goes for every new book, not just mine:

1. Request the book at your local independent bookstore if you don’t find it on their shelves. 
2. Order it online from Powell’s. If you order $50 worth of stuff you get free shipping. Two hardcovers is all it takes! Oof, I know, but.
3. Put it on hold or request it at a public library. (!) Libraries buy books if people ask them to.
4. You know, Amazon. I’m not judging you. This time. (While you’re there, check out the lol reviews from some very fun and talented-seeming men). 

If you’re in D.C. or Portland I will see you there on August 4th and August 12, respectively.  Otherwise, see you on the Internet.

Emily Gould and Elif Batuman, here tonight at 7 to talk about a New York that doesn’t involve magically large apartments and somehow all your friends also being your neighbors. Be there for us.

(Also, sorry Emily, but we strikethroughed your Amazon link. You (the general, book-buying you, we mean) should buy it at this local independent bookstore instead (us, we mean.))

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July 5, 2014
mcnallyperiodicals:

Books, the physicality of books, is THE SHELF's (#3) mandate, its subject matter. It is a beautifully produced journal dedicated to publishing design and what the publishers like to call, “the cult of the shelf”. Volumes, bookstores, rare editions, magazines, libraries, journals, private collections. (Each book on THE SHELF’s cover represents a book mentioned in the issue, in addition to those from past issues.)

mcnallyperiodicals:

Books, the physicality of books, is THE SHELF's (#3) mandate, its subject matter. It is a beautifully produced journal dedicated to publishing design and what the publishers like to call, “the cult of the shelf”. Volumes, bookstores, rare editions, magazines, libraries, journals, private collections. (Each book on THE SHELF’s cover represents a book mentioned in the issue, in addition to those from past issues.)

July 4, 2014

Elena Ferrante finally explains why the women in my life have been less amused by my bottle-rocket derring-dos than I felt they should be. 

July 4, 2014

June 28, 2014
Read these books, but don’t blow their covers.

Read these books, but don’t blow their covers.

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