Anonymous asked: Did Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield actually come to your store today? Because the rest of tumblr is very curious. Yeah.
I like art with a visible string to the world. In fiction, the war is between...– David Shields, from his piece “Life is Short; Art is Shorter” for the new LA Review of Books. Ah, yes, because fiction has nothing to do with “the world” and nothing to do with the author’s “own psyche.” That’s not how fiction works at all.
YOU ARE NUMBER ONE
zeketurner: Girl three or four books into the twilight series You beautiful redhead italian girl sitting diagonally across from me, a few books into twilight. We’ve never spoken, but you’ve watched me talk. You are number one I didn’t have the nerve to talk but I’d like to stay in touch with you, and i don’t want to wait six years. All the found poem missed connections that are fit to print.
Your week at McNally J
Tonight? The McSweeney’s launch party explosion of funfestapolooza. Should be great. Tuesday? More like snoozeday, am I right? Nothing. Wednesday? Sloane “The Cros-town Bus” Crosley talks to Ed Park “and Recreation”—Crosley got her well-known nickname that I just made up for her because her essays are hilarious & winning, just like the crosstown bus! (In...
Ooh, så kul att du tog dig till McNally! Kolla även Housing works, 126 Crosby...– Twitter This has 3 of my favorite things: Support for McNally, support for Housing Works, and the opportunity to translate from the Swedish! (via housingworksbookstore) bokcafe!
It’s like a big photocopy machine full of swords and glue.– The great Sam Anderson on our new Espresso Book Machine (and the week’s best sentences). We printed him a copy of George Saintsbury’s A History of English Prose Rhythm.
People gave names to things so they could tell stories about them, goddam fairy...– Sam Lipsyte, “Deniers” (via fwriction)
All the Tall, Shy Young Men
INTERVIEWER: You don't object to my recording our conversations?
JORGE LUIS BORGES: No, no. You fix the gadgets. They are a hindrance, but I will try to talk as if they're not there. Now where are you from?
INTERVIEWER: From New York.
BORGES: Ah, New York. I was there, and I liked it very much—I said to myself: “Well, I have made this; this is my work.”
INTERVIEWER: You mean the walls of the high buildings, the maze of streets?
BORGES: Yes. I rambled about the streets—Fifth Avenue—and got lost, but the people were always kind. I remember answering many questions about my work from tall, shy young men. In Texas they had told me to be afraid of New York, but I liked it. Well, are you ready?
INTERVIEWER: Yes, the machine is already working.
BORGES: Now, before we start, what kind of questions are they?
Your Week at McNally J
Tonight? Tonight we’ve got Kenji Yoshino on Shakespeare & justice. If you were to make a Venn diagram about poets and lawyers, Yoshino’s book would the happy space in the middle. Tuesday? Oh man, Tuesday. It might not be too late—though maybe it is!—to sign up for Susan Bernofsky’s translation workshop. If you’ve been forced by one of us to buy a Robert...
Weekend New Book Round-Up
If Jesus is anything like me, He is risen and drinking iced coffee. And rounding up the new books for the bookstore blog that He blogs at. It’s been a while—remember when these were actually weekly?—so forgive me as I get back into the swing of rounding up new and newish books. In paperback: Lydia Davis’ The Cows. This is a small chapbook about literal cows, literal cows...
Actually, the shittle in shittle-come-shites hints at a complication, because...– Paul Collins on the etymology of shitfaced. (via @maudnewton)
The Powerpoint Chapter from A Visit to the Goon... →