Books

‘Blood Splatters Quickly': 5 Life Lessons From the Infamous Ed Wood

Most people know of Edward Wood, Jr. from Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, the 1994 “comedy-drama” starring Johnny Depp. Or if you haven’t seen the film, you may know of him simply as the cross-dressing auteur responsible for what is widely considered the worst film ever made, Plan 9 From Outer Space, and other cinematic effronteries, like Jail Bait and Bride of the Monster. The Burton film does a decent job of detailing a certain period of Wood’s life, even if it leaves out some of the sordid bits. We already know that Ed Wood (more or less) invented the genius-hack archetype in cinema, but that’s only half the story. As it turns out, he spent much of his later life writing articles and stories for proto-pornographic magazines in Hollywood. … Read More

  • 0

Dating Advice From Classic Non-Jane Austen Literature

This week, Melville House released The Jane Austen Rules: A Classic Guide to Modern Love by scholar Sinéad Murphy. It’s a dating advice book culled from the Austen oeuvre, with chapters entitled things like “Dress Up,” “Find a Man, Not a Guy,” and “Be Quite Independent.”

This witty, brief new guide is part of an “Austen advice” mini empire, coming on the heels of Elizabeth Kantor’s rather conservative The Jane Austen Guide to Happily Ever After and William Deresiewicz’s A Jane Austen Education and many other books of similar intent. … Read More

  • 1

Megan Amram’s Video for ‘Science… For Her!’ is The Funniest Thing You’ll See Today

Megan Amram, Parks & Rec writer and one of the masters of Twitter comedy, is releasing a faux-factual science book… Read More

  • 0

The Fate of Your Favorite Characters Will Be Revealed in New Book ‘The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks’

Announcement time! With the fact that David Lynch and Mark Frost’s nightmare vision of television, Twin Peaks, will be back… Read More

  • 0

Flavorwire Premiere: Soft Vision’s D.H. Lawrence-Inspired “Rocking Horse Winner”

Last month, Austin drone-pop duo Soft Vision released a striking 7″ called “Feel It Coming On”; its B-side was a song called “Willy Loman,” named for the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Now the harmonious synth act, comprised of Kelly Winchester and Bradley Barr, offers up the opening track to their self-titled debut EP, out next week on Acoustic Division’s new pop counterpart, Hi-Definition. It, too, finds its inspiration in one of 20th-century literature’s famous working-class families: D.H. Lawrence’s 1926 short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” Flavorwire is pleased to premiere the song, below.

… Read More

  • 0

Claudia Rankine’s ‘Citizen’ Should Win the National Book Award for Poetry

“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.”
—Zora Neale Hurston 

The cover of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric throws the hood of a sweatshirt against a sharp white background. The hood is threadbare; its symbolic weight is considerable: it immediately brings to mind images of young black life and its execution, as well as the deliberate, systematic imprisonment of millions of black citizens. And juxtaposed with the uppercased title — CITIZEN — this hood, torn from its body, is shot through with consequence: it becomes a metaphorical citizen, with alienable rights, ripped from the body politic and hanged — in a gallery. As a political maneuver that fronts a book of poetry, the placement of the hood beams with the contradictions of our historical moment — Trayvon Martin wears a hoodie and is ruthlessly murdered; Mark Zuckerberg wears a hoodie to the launch of his IPO and earns a billion dollars. So it’s all the more shocking when you realize that the hood is actually an artwork (“In the Hood”) by David Hammons from 1993, exhibited one year after the LA riots. … Read More

  • 0

“Monty Python Mixed With Anger”: Bob Odenkirk on His Funny Book ‘A Load of Hooey’

In his new McSweeney’s book A Load of Hooey, comedy genius Bob Odenkirk gives you the giggles with a series of bite-sized poems, essays, and stories that are gleefully absurd and very, very funny. There are one-star Internet reviews (on the Bible: “the only magic power the Jesus character had for me was the power to conquer insomnia!!”), silly poetry (“I Found a Jackson Pollock!”), and famous quotes and important advice (“So You Want to Get a Tattoo!”: Step 3: Do Not Be Drunk and in a Hurry). … Read More

  • 0

John Grisham Says Drunk, Old White Men Shouldn’t Be Put in Jail For Downloading Underage Porn

John Grisham is a real life lawyer. John Grisham has written a bunch of books about fake lawyers. So,… Read More

  • 0

50 Best Films About Writers, Ranked

Hollywood is famous for its treatment of writers. They are the low man on the totem pole, the person banned from the set, the guy who wrote the Great American novel drinking himself to death in Los Angeles, rewriting dumb scripts. It’s funny, as Hollywood is also obsessed with portraying “writers” on screen. Flavorwire’s definitive, ranked list of the 50 Best Films About Writers of all time features the requisite mix of biopics, book adaptations (what’s up Stephen King and John Irving), foreign films that actually feature female writers, po-mo meta surrealist studies of madness (very frequent), and the works of Woody… Read More

  • 0
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,903 other followers