It’s the end of the year, which means every media outlet and talkative friend has been regaling you with a fascinating list of their own personal favorite books of 2011. Now, we love lists as much as the next guy, but we also like to think a little bit about what these highly subjective choices might say about the listmaker. After all, you wouldn’t take reading advice from just anybody, now would you? Or even if you would, you should at least know what essential qualities their picks point to. Click through to read our (decidedly tongue-in-cheek) breakdown of what your favorite book of the year says about you, and in case you were wondering, our pick is on here too, and hey, we can cop to it. … Read More
We’ve heard of films and television shows, and even video games and operas being based off of books, but a store? That is a whole new kind of adaptation. The 6th Floor tells us that Miranda July, twee author and ever inventive artist has opened a new store, at Partner’s & Spade in SoHo, based on her new book, It Chooses You. The store, which bears the same name as July’s book, contains items that July bought off Craigslist, repackaged and is offering for sale at the same price. Though everything is sold out by now, we still think the idea is pretty wild. Click through to see a few photos of the items gleaned from Craigslist, and let us know what you think of the whole project in the comments. … Read More
Yesterday marked the release of Miranda July’s newest book, It Chooses You, a quirky piece loosely tied to her newest film, The Future, which will be released on DVD November 29th. July’s style and persona has been the subject of much debate — people usually either love or hate the precious, semi-ironic, self-aware sweetness that we have come to call “twee,” and of which July is one of the most prominent contemporary examples. The reemergence of the pixie princess of literature inspired us to consider a few other authors whose work can veer into the impossibly twee. Now, don’t get us wrong — we’re not saying that twee-ness is an inherently bad thing. In fact, several of the authors on this list number among our all-time favorites in any genre, and we happen to be on team July, at least most of the time. Click through to check out our list of twee authors, or at least authors who write twee books sometimes, in between setting up tea parties for their kittens, who are all wearing argyle socks, and let us know which of them tickle your fancy in the comments. … Read More
It’s the first of the month, and you know what that means: a brand new spate of new literary releases to delve into. Not that we mind — the weather’s getting brisker (not to mention those snowstorms, NYC), and we really can’t think of anything better to do than to curl up with a cup of hot cider and a great novel (or memoir, or book of essays, or short story collection). Don’t be put off by the number of big names on our list this month — we like a struggling first novel as much as the next blog, but November is the month for publishers to pull out their big guns, and boy have they ever. Click through to see our list of ten must-reads coming out this month, and let us know which books you’re most psyched to dig into in the comments. … Read More
Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we did last October, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.
In our newest installment (we’ve already tackled music, art, and film!), channel your inner nerd with our selection of literary costumes. You may choose from some of the year’s most iconic author looks, a few our favorite literary characters new and old, or even learn how to turn yourself into one of the most talked-about books of the season. Trust us, you won’t even think about staying home to read on Halloween night with these costumes at your fingertips — but get ready to explain yourself to a lot of girls dressed like Snooki. … Read More
If you are in any way witchy, or follow the equinoxes, then you will know that the 23rd marks the first official day of fall this year. We decided to jump the gun and present our fall books preview a day early, just because we can’t wait, and because we are in no way astrologically-inclined. The following pages feature seven works of fiction, one encyclopedia, one photo/interview book, a memoir, and (an invisible, but deeply felt) partridge in a pear tree. The best way to cope with the changing of the seasons is to confront them head on, you know, so put on a sweater, brew a hot beverage, and curl up with some of these books. … Read More
1. Beloved late-night indie-rock show 120 Minutes returns Saturday on MTV2, with music nerd extraordinaire Matt Pinfield set to resume hosting duties. The first episode will include PJ Harvey, Dave Grohl, Cults, and Das Racist, among others. “I stopped hosting the show in 1999,” said Pinfield, “so that’s 11 years since I hosted, 16 years since… Read More
If you cringe every time actor-turned-artist James Franco sells an imaginary artwork or artist-turned-filmmaker Miranda July makes a movie about a talking cat, too bad. The age of the hyphenated artist is upon us! Whether they’re exhibiting versatile ways of rounding up media hoopla with attention-seeking genre crossovers or they are just so damn talented, one form of artistic expression is clearly not enough, here are some contemporary Jacks and Jills of all — or at least two — trades, in a roughly lovable-to-detestable order. … Read More
The Hairpin has posted three excerpts from the new, seventh issue of the fantastic arts magazine Dossier, and they’re pretty juicy. Asked to contribute the story of their first sexual experience, over 50 cultural notables responded — including Richard Kern, agnès b., and Miranda July, who describes her premiere lay as “so poor that he did not even have a bed.” See her entire, typewritten letter after the jump, and read the others here. … Read More
If we’re being honest: Sometimes sex is bad. It’s not always fireworks. It’s not always trumpeting and transcendent. Cosmic couplings, two-bodies-as-one, those sorts of rolls in the hay don’t happen every time you hit it. Thundering mind-annihilating orgasms are elusive.
And sometimes sex is bad in books — but we’re not talking the Bad Sex in Fiction of the infamous award. We’re not talking nipples like rodent noses or penises like pile-drivers (thanks, Rowan Somerville and Nick Cave). Nope, we’re talking about sex scenes in literature that explore the times when sex is sad, when it’s mournful, melancholy, desperate, violent, lonely, regrettable, necessary, inevitable. The times that leave you emptier than you’d started. These passages eschew the air-brushed fantasy for the messy truth (which is not to say these scenes aren’t erotic in their own ways). Below, the best of bad sex. … Read More