The Not the Booker Prize. * Charles Manson gets in touch with Phil Spector. * New Hormones. * The Rumpus interview Jonathan Ames: “Maybe my work isn’t a cry for help. It may just be a baby’s need to cry or a dog’s need to bark.” * William T Vollmann profiled: Mr. Vollmann, who just turned 50, is a loner, a bit of a recluse, despite being married and the father of a daughter, and a throwback: a wandering, try-anything writer-journalist in the tradition of Steinbeck or Jack London. Some people think he’s a little nuts. * Peter Murphy‘s soundtrack to John the Revelator (read 3:AM‘s interview with Peter Murphy) * Narrative talk to Junot Díaz. * “Drawing a good picture is like telling a really good lie – the key is in the incidental detail.” An interview with Shaun Tan. * Kerouac will declared fake by Florida judge. * Jake & Dinos Chapman‘s sham exhibition. * Why isn’t crime writing taken more seriously? * Noah Cicero on the death of the novel. * Neojaponisme on Haruki Murakami‘s 1Q84 (via Conversational Reading) * Amusing margin musings. * How an editor’s pencil created Raymond Carver‘s literary style – and how his wife has undone it (via Arts & Letters Daily) * Much ink has been spilled on the question of why so many writers are alcoholics. Of America’s seven Nobel laureates, five were lushes—to whom we can add an equally drunk-and-disorderly line of Brits: Dylan Thomas, Malcolm Lowry, Brendan Behan [sic], Patrick Hamilton, Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, all doing the conga to (in most cases) an early grave. When novelists sober up (via @MaudNewton) * 3:AM‘s Andrew Gallix on Tom McCarthy & the INS.
First posted: Thursday, July 30th, 2009.