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Gene McDaniels Gone

Singer of one of the best breakup songs ever…

Posted on July 31, 2011 by Editor

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John Glassco on Creative Non-fiction

from McGill-Queen’s University Press

John Glassco on Social Media and James Frey

Canadian Bookshelf recently sat down with Brian Busby, author of A Gentlemen of Pleasure: One Life of John Glassco, Poet, Memoirist, Translator, and Pornographer. John Glassco (1909-1981) is best known for his Memoirs of Montparnasse, the controversial chronicle of his youthful adventures and encounters with celebrities in the Paris of James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, and Ernest Hemingway. Less known are his poetry, his instrumental role in the foundation of modern translation, and his numerous – and widely popular – works of pornography.

Busby_gentlemanJW: What do you think Glassco would make of the James Frey controversy and the rise in popularity of creative non-fiction? Did Glassco consider himself a made-up self? I’m also trying to imagine what Glassco would do with social media, if he would subvert or embrace it.

BB: It’s interesting to consider what relationship, if any, Glassco might have had with social media. He was, at heart, very much an Edwardian—though he was just four months old when that era ended. His own tastes were to a large extent rooted in the years enjoyed by Edward VII. We see this in his final fantasy, Guilt and Mourning, an unpublished novel set in a Montreal that has somehow avoided the technological advances of the 20th century. Had Glassco lived to be a centenarian—or even a mere nonagenarian—I very much doubt that he would have taken to social media except in one key area: his sex life. Here, the world would have become a less lonely place. I dare say it would be much easier to meet people who shared his interests over the Web than through personal ads.

As to Frey, I wonder how much attention Glassco would have paid the controversy; he had so very little interest in the prose of his own time. That said, he did enjoy a good hoax—and perpetrated some of the very best. We might get a sense of his reaction to the Frey controversy through his own memoirs. In a letter to Kay Boyle, he writes, “I look on the real value of ‘memoirs’ as being not so much a record of ‘what happened’ as a re-creation of the spirit of a period in time.” So he telescopes and rearranges time, invents dialogue and encounters, dresses “naked facts” and in the end produces a work that Malcolm Cowley considered “the most accurate picture of Montparnasse”.

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Posted on July 30, 2011 by Editor

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Exhibition A Print Salon @ Half Gallery

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Posted on July 28, 2011 by Editor

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Quinoa and Avocado Verrines

from The Arizona Republic

Verrines showcase the simpler side of French cuisine

by Karen Fernau

French cuisine remains synonymous with intoxicatingly rich flavors and classic dishes such as crepes suzette and boeuf bourguignon.

Yet there’s a lighter side to French food, one minus sticks of butter and gobs of duck fat. One such dish is a verrine – artfully layered foods in a glass. Popular for decades in France, this chic dish is gaining traction across the pond in eateries and home entertaining.

A glass might be filled with red quinoa, leek sprouts and tomatoes, and another with avocados, smoked salmon, chives and fromage blanc.

Layered verrine recipes:

 Avocado, Salmon and Cheese
 Kiwi, Mascarpone and Jelly
 Quinoa, Alfalfa and Avocado

A verrine, which translates as “protective glass,” can be savory or sweet, and served in any glass, from crystal champagne flutes to clear plastic tumblers.

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Posted on July 28, 2011 by Editor

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bjork: crystalline (directed by michel gondry)

Posted on July 26, 2011 by Editor

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Art Books 2k11

from The New York Observer

The Origin of the (Book as a) Work of Art

by Emily Witt

Midway through a party for Thornwillow Press at the St. Regis Hotel last night, a book publicist brought up Heidegger. “It’s all about the thinginess of the thing,” he said gloomily, sipping champagne, after a discussion about why Montblanc pens was sponsoring a book party. His point was that nice pens, small letterpress books, the St. Regis, fine stationary – these are all formerly rather ordinary objects that have now become rarified.

The book in question was It Happened Here, a history of the St. Regis Hotel by Lesley M.M. Blume, the first in a series of “libretti” by Thornwillow Press that intends to transform books, as Van Gogh once did with a peasant’s shoes, into art (by emphasizing the books’ beauty, their status as “limited edition,” and by charging $40 to $400 dollars for them.) As the press release for Ms. Blume’s book put it, “the Libretto Library is dedicated to the belief that physical books – tangible, aesthetically pleasing, letterpress printed and beautifully bound – have a new and even more important place in our lives: as repositories of permanence in an increasingly ephemeral world of letters.”

Thornwillow is not the first publisher to treat the book as a thing divorced from its more equipmental characteristics. The most recent example would be James Frey, who avoided a traditional publisher in the United States and printed only a limited run of the physical edition of his book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, through Gagosian Gallery (along with a $6.99 e-book). And the representatives of New York publishing who are involved in the Thornwillow series – Andrew Wylie, the literary agent; Jonathan Galassi, the publisher of FSG and Lorin Stein, the editor of The Paris Review are themselves men who have distinguished themselves by maintaining a certain decorous ideal of literature, life in New York, and dapper dress. (They are joined by Henry Finder, editorial director of The New Yorker, Michael Shnayerson, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Ms. Blume.)

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Posted on July 25, 2011 by Editor

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Miles Davis Is Cool

from Crawdaddy Magazine

A Beginner’s Guide to Miles Davis

Photo by Jim Marshall

Miles Davis is cool, but you knew that already. Disputing the musician’s coolness is more arduous a process than proving the moon landing as a hoax. Miles Davis is cool because he branded an album Birth Of The Cool and nobody objected; because he wore sunglasses in inappropriately dark settings; because under those shades his eyes could pierce through titanium; because he turned his back to audiences of thousands while performing; because he ingested every drug available in the United States during his lifespan; because he complained about an arrest for marijuana possession on the grounds that he preferred cocaine. His is a timeless, transcendent cool, always grounded in his art, even when dressed like the test tube baby of Ronald McDonald and Parliament Funkadelic. Cool was his ethos, his brand, his platform to cross party lines, to turn fair-weather jazz fans into diehards and influence artists as disparate as the Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Prince. For any musician, critic, enthusiast, or curious listener, Miles Davis is required listening.

Miles Davis grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois and kissed his first trumpet at 13 years old. He was a professional within four years, cutting his teeth with the locals and sitting in with bands traveling through the city. Davis graduated high school and feigned interest in the Julliard School Of Music to facilitate a move to New York. His true intention was less academic. During a previous stint in singer Billy Eckstine’s band, Davis played with saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and essentially followed them to NYC.

A sophisticated, complicated approach to melody and improvisation called bebop was developing in the after-hours clubs of Harlem. Parker spearheaded this new language as far back as 1939. By his 1944 arrival in the city, Davis seemed late to the game. Truly, his timing was remarkable.

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Posted on July 24, 2011 by Editor

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Winehouse Gone

Posted on July 23, 2011 by Editor

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Lucian Freud Gone

from The BBC

Painter Lucian Freud dies aged 88

Realist painter Lucian Freud, one of Britain’s most distinguished and highly regarded artists, has died aged 88.

New York dealer William Acquavella said Freud had died at his London home on Wednesday after an unspecified illness.

Freud, a grandson of the psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud, was born in Berlin in 1922 and fled to Britain with his Jewish family in 1933, when he was 10.

Freud – particularly known for his paintings of nudes – became a British citizen in 1939.

‘Lived to paint’

Mr Acquavella described Freud “as one of the great painters of the 20th Century”.

“In company he was exciting, humble, warm and witty. He lived to paint and painted until the day he died, far removed from the noise of the art world.”

Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, said: “The vitality of [Freud’s] nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late 20th Century art.

“His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period.”

Former Observer art critic William Feaver, who knew Freud for more than 40 years, said Freud was someone who had “restored portraiture to its proper place”, by focusing on all types of people, not just successful businessmen and their wives.

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Posted on July 22, 2011 by Editor

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Beavis and Butthead Back

from The Arizona Republic

Beavis & Butt-head return to MTV feisty as ever

Beavis and Butt-head.

SAN DIEGO — When the ever-adolescent Beavis and Butt-head return to MTV in the fall — nearly two decades after their heyday — even their own network won’t be safe from the trash-talking duo’s mockery.

Creator Mike Judge came to San Diego’s Comic-Con on Thursday to talk about the reboot of his beloved animated characters and offer a peek at the new season, which is set to premiere in October.

In their new incarnation, the two perennial teens — still wearing their AC/DC and Metallica shirts — riff on music videos, YouTube submissions and MTV shows such as “Jersey Shore” and “Teen Cribs.”

“They’re also watching UFC fights,” Judge says.

IMAGE: Paramount Pictures

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Posted on July 22, 2011 by Editor

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Crouching Wendi, Hidden Rupert (BeatsRunnin remixed)

Don’t fuck with Wendi Deng!

Posted on July 19, 2011 by Editor

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Bang Zoo

from the NY Daily News

Adult film star Raul Armenteros charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty after gruesome discovery

James Arroyo Jr., and Raul Armenteros were charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty.
James Arroyo Jr., and Raul Armenteros were charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty.

Florida adult film star was arrested earlier this week on animal cruelty charges after cops found goats, roosters, pigeons, guinea pigs and ducks crammed into his van.

Police were called to the van in Miami after someone reported hearing a crying child in a car, according to WPLG.

Instead of a baby, they were shocked to find a mini petting-zoo crammed inside.

“All the animals in the van appeared to be in distress and lacking of water,” according to the police report.

One of the goats died later that day.

James Arroyo Jr., 44, and Raul Armenteros – who is known in the adult film community for his role in “Bang Bus” — were arrested when they showed up at the van 45 minutes later.

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Posted on July 17, 2011 by Editor

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James Frey Reading @ Amagansett Public Library – Saturday, July 16

from The Sag Harbor Express

Calendar 07/14 to 07/24/11


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Andrea Kowch’s “Pheasant Keeper” is on view in a new show opening at Richard J. Demato Fine Arts in Sag Harbor on July 16.


Cut Flowers, a lecture presented by the Marder’s Garden Lecture Series. 10 a.m. 20 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton. Free. 537-3700.

Entomologist Talk with Rebeckah Schultz of Ray Smith & Associates at Bridge Gardens. 10 a.m. to noon. 36 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton. Free/$10/$20. Reservations required, 283-3195.

Andrew Gross reads from his novel “Eyes Wide Open.” 5 p.m. BookHampton, 41 Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 324-4939.

Poet Carol Muske Dukes reads from the collection “Twin Cities.” 6 p.m. Canio’s Books, 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor. Free. 725-4926.

David Patton, ophthalmologist discusses his autobiography “Second Sight: View from an Eye Doctor’s Odyssey” 1 to 2:30 p.m. East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street, East Hampton. Free. 324-0222.

James Frey discusses his book “The Final Testament of the Holy Bible” 6 p.m. Amagansett Public Library, 215 Main Street, Amagansett. Free. 267-3810.


Author Dava Sobel will speak and sign her book “Longitude.” 4 p.m. Shelter Island Historical Society, 16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island. Free. 749-0025.

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Posted on July 16, 2011 by Editor

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The Sausage Workers

from The Daily Mail

Feet first into the meat grinder: Gruesome death for sausage factory worker chewed up in front of his horrified colleagues

Father-of-four was conscious when he fell into machine – Coworkers watched in disbelief as it ripped his legs off

Tragic: Michael Raper was cleaning the grinder when he fell in

A 26-year-old sausage factory worker suffered a grisly end when he slipped and fell feet first into a meat grinder which chewed off his legs and killed him.

Father-of-four Michael Raper was trapped from the waist down for two excruciating hours after he become entangled in the huge auger at the Bar S Foods plant in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Amid gruesome scenes co-workers watched in horror before frantic emergency workers managed to cut the machine in half and free him.

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Posted on July 15, 2011 by Editor

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Bob Frey — Songwriter, Teacher

from Faces of Minnesota

Bob Frey — Songwriter, Teacher

The Eyes of Bob Frey

Bob Frey teaches at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, MN.  It is is a comprehensive, tuition-free public high school offer ing a rig or ous academic program, with intensive course work focused in the arts.  Kids from around the state come to pur sue their high school education and their passion for the arts.

Bob has a gift for song writing and performs regularly around town.  Take a listen to some of his songs on his mySpace page.  He honed his craft in the bars and cof­fee houses of his home town of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as in Oxford, Ohio and Chicago for merly fronted The Buskers.

Bob is older brother to James Frey the author of A Million Little Pieces.  You prob­ably know all about that controversy.

On a sadder note, Bob’s wife Laura Ferster has been battling, so far successfully, cancer.  She is still going through treatment with a strength and determination no doubt buoyed by Bob’s constant love and support.  I wish the both much strength and Laura a full recovery.

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Posted on July 14, 2011 by Editor

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DeLeon DeMicoli’s “Blood Atonement” to appear in WARMED AND BOUND: A Velvet Anthology

Warmed & Bound is an anthology of short stories stitched together by the people at The Velvet and edited by the beautiful and talented Pela Via. The anthology began as a giveaway for a fundraiser to redesign The Velvet, and quickly became an entirely different animal altogether. The book will be released later this summer, and will be available at most, if not all, major online retailers, and also in e-formats for your e-Reading pleasure. Check back often as updates and announcements become available.

DeLeon DeMicoli lives in San Francisco, CA. When he’s not writing, he trains in Mixed Martial Arts

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Posted on July 13, 2011 by Editor

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Sherwood Schwartz Gone

from the LA Times

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Posted on July 12, 2011 by Editor

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from The New York Times

Jungle Gymnasts on a Farewell Tour

Rob Strong


HANOVER, N.H. — The border between wildness and civilization, anarchy and order, was something that perpetually intrigued the choreographer Merce Cunningham. When the curtain rises on his 1968 “RainForest,” we’re at once in a singularly Cunningham vision of feral behavior. Though the piece is famous for its décor of helium-filled silver pillows by Andy Warhol — six of which hang like a forest’s foliage while the rest are loosely scattered around the stage like undergrowth — they wouldn’t seem the least bit wild were it not for the behavior of the dancers.

Feet and hands move like paws; bodies crawl along the floor; heads nuzzle or butt or, as if sensing alarm signals, turn sharply or slowly. In one image that often causes laughs in the audience, a man softly shoves a supine woman with his head and she rolls like a log. In an even more striking image, a woman swings upside down from a man’s arm like a monkey on a branch.

Zoology and social anthropology were often inseparable for Cunningham, who choreographed many works known as “nature studies.” “RainForest,” he said, was partly inspired by “The Forest People,” the anthropologist Colin Turnbull’s account of his time living among a tribe of African Pygmies. Cunningham, however, loving ambiguity, also reminded people that he himself grew up in Washington State, near the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest. In an interview with the choreographer Trisha Brown, he said, “The forest was my first art lesson.”

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Posted on July 11, 2011 by Editor

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Best Job Ever

from eBaum’s World

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Posted on July 8, 2011 by Editor

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Heroin Cat

from FOX 31 Denver

Tests will confirm whether cat died from heroin overdose; Woman arrested

BOULDER, Colo. – A Boulder woman has been arrested for allegedly killing a cat by blowing heroin smoke into its face, according to Boulder Police.

21-year-old Danielle Blankenship was arrested Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. on charges of cruelty to animals, third degree assault, and domestic violence. She is being held in the Boulder County Jail on $1,500 bond.

Officers say the woman admitted hitting her boyfriend with her fist because he wouldn’t let her use his phone to call for a ride. An officer noticed the cat lying on the steps to the downstairs area of the home while the pair was being interviewed.

“The cat appeared to be unresponsive, and the cat did not move when the officer touched it,” wrote Officer Gregory Perry in a statement. “It could not seem to get up.”

Blankenship’s boyfriend claims she was smoking heroin and blew it in the cat’s face, an allegation the woman denies.

Police asked if the cat, named Muffin, had been hit or kicked accidently, to which Blankenship told officers that she would never hurt the caT.

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Posted on July 7, 2011 by Editor

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Thrift Threads Poetry Surprise

Posted on July 7, 2011 by Editor

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Twombly Gone

from NY Daily News and AP

Celebrated American painter Cy Twombly loses cancer battle, dies at 83

Cy Twombly’s 1961 painting ‘Ferragostso 1.’ (Tate via Bloomberg News)

ROME – Celebrated American painter Cy Twombly, whose large-scale paintings featuring scribbles, graffiti and references to ancient empires fetched millions at auction, died Tuesday. He was 83.

Twombly, who had cancer, died in Rome, said Eric Mezil, director of the Lambert Collection in Avignon, France, where the artist opened a show in June. Twombly had lived in Italy since 1957.

“A great American painter who deeply loved old Europe has just left us,” French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said in a statement. “His work was deeply marked by his passion for Greek and Roman antiquity, and its mythology, which for him was a source of bottomless inspiration.”

Twombly was known for his abstract works combining painting and drawing techniques, repetitive lines, scribbles and the use of words and graffiti. He is often linked to the legendary American artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, whom he met as a student in New York in the early 1950s.

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Posted on July 6, 2011 by Editor

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Balls + Heart = Stephen Reedy

BALLS + HEART: Director Stephen Reedy in 1 minute or your money back from Stephen Reedy+ZerofriendsFilms on Vimeo.

Posted on July 6, 2011 by Editor

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The Sausage-Haters

from The Atlantic

The Hot Dog Files: 12 Tales From America’s Era of Sausage-Hating

Before FDR helped the hot dog become a Fourth of July favorite, it was an outcast associated with squalor, crime, and moonshine


On the evening of October 20, 1909, 600 millionaires—”pork princes,” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch called them—gathered at Chicago’s La Salle Hotel for the annual banquet of the American Meat Packers’ Association. “Bratwurst, bockwurst, wienerwurst,” they chanted, shouting a kind of pump-up song. “Leberwurst, blutwurst, bologna, hot dog.”

“Hot dog” came last. According to the Post-Dispatch, J. Ogden Armour, one of America’s biggest meat tycoons, proceeded to “deliver a defense of the sausage family, showing he believed what he said by eating (actual count) seven ‘hot dogs,’ the most abused member of the family.”

Why should the hot dog—a food so entrenched in American culture that more than 150 million of them will be consumed this Independence Day, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council—have needed such defending, and to a roomful of the men who should have been its most loyal allies? One compelling answer: Until the 1930s, when our hot-dog-lover-in-chief, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, gave hot dogs a much-needed boost, many Americans hated them.

Newspaper articles from the early 1900s often make hot dogs, despite their widespread consumption at the time, seem like the lowest of the low. These were not plump Ball Park Franks you might squirt with primary-colored condiments and give to your five-year-old. They were gritty symbols of booze, drug dealers, and adulterated food. “SECRET OF HOT DOG IS EXPOSED,” said one 1921 Los Angeles Times story about a novel alcohol-smuggling technique, adding, “Innocent-Looking Sandwich Found to Contain Moonshine.” The connection between hot dogs and liquor was particularly strong. As a 1929 New York Times article put it, “For every frankfurter sold by a delicatessen in the ante-Volstead days, three had been speared and consumed by patrons of the saloon.” Even the tendency of reporters to bracket the term with quotation marks—”hot dogs”—gave the whole topic an air of shadiness and skepticism.

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Posted on July 5, 2011 by Editor

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20 Questions For Tao Lin

from The Huffington Post

My New York: 20 Questions For ‘Shoplifting From American Apparel’, ‘RICHARD YATES’ Author Tao Lin

The Huffington Post  Christopher Mathias


Age: 27

Current Gig: I honestly don’t know, maybe “author.” [Follow Tao on twitter here, and buy his latest book RICHARD YATES here].

Neighborhood: Off the Graham L train stop, I think it’s technically Williamsburg.

Years In New York: 10, I think.

Who is your favorite New Yorker, living or dead? I like Woody Allen. I’m not thinking of anyone else when I think “New Yorker.” I think I view almost everyone as “from the internet” now.

Your perfect New York date? Eating dinner at Sel De Mer after ingesting Xanax then walking a little before going to my apartment to do things on the internet, shower, drink green juice, have sex, sleep.

What’s your drink? I like unpasteurized coconut water.

Favorite bookstore? St. Mark’s Bookshop maybe.

The best reading or lecture you’ve attended in New York? The most memorable was maybe Matthew Rohrer, James Frey, and [someone else] in something like 2006 at an NYU reading. I first learned of Matthew Rohrer then. I liked James Frey’s reading. He left right after reading to, I think, go home to his baby or small child.

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Posted on July 3, 2011 by Editor

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Hem May Be Paranoid, But No Android

from The New York Times

Hemingway, Hounded by the Feds


EARLY one morning, 50 years ago today, while his wife, Mary, slept upstairs, Ernest Hemingway went into the vestibule of his Ketchum, Idaho, house, selected his favorite shotgun from the rack, inserted shells into its chambers and ended his life.

There were many differing explanations at the time: that he had terminal cancer or money problems, that it was an accident, that he’d quarreled with Mary. None were true. As his friends knew, he’d been suffering from depression and paranoia for the last year of his life.

Ernest and I were friends for 14 years. I dramatized many of his stories and novels for television specials and film, and we shared adventures in France, Italy, Cuba and Spain, where, as a pretend matador with Ernest as my manager, I participated in a Ciudad Real bullfight. Ernest’s zest for life was infectious.

In 1959 Ernest had a contract with Life magazine to write about Spain’s reigning matadors, the brothers-in-law Antonio Ordóñez and Luis Miguel Dominguín. He cabled me, urging me to join him for the tour. It was a glorious summer, and we celebrated Ernest’s 60th birthday with a party that lasted two days.

But I remember it now as the last of the good times.

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Posted on July 2, 2011 by Editor

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The Only Pair of Matching Singing Bird Pistols, Attributed to Frères Rochat

from Christie’s

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Posted on July 1, 2011 by Editor

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