2. It’s very weird that attempted Times Square terrorist Faisal Shahzad left a DVD of the anomie-striven movie Up In The Air to be found in his home. Novelist Walter Kirn, who we recently interviewed about the film of his book, wrote this on Twitter: “times sq. bomber leaving behind copy of ‘up in the air’ reminds me of chapman, lennon’s killer, and catcher in the rye. icky feeling now.”
3. Here’s Michael Orthofer’s take on the Web’s Global Problem (the problem being, of course, that the web is not very global). I’m not surprised that Literary Saloon’s international numbers are better than mine.
5. I don’t quite understand the context surrounding this video, but apparently this is a five-year-old Flannery O’Conner in an archived British newsreel clip about chickens who are trained to walk backwards. More about this here. Good country people.
6. The Birth of Tragedy is a powerful book by Friedrich Nietzsche about Apollonian and Dionysian tendencies in ancient Greek drama. Apparently Nietzsche’s fellow Existentialist Soren Kierkegaard had his own thoughts about this topic.
7. It’s definitely a fact that more women than men work in mainstream commercial publishing. Jason Pinter ponders what effect this might have.
8. Thoreau backlash.
10. A new website for Kentucky poet Ron Whitehead.
11. How the mechanics of literary copying have suddenly changed.
12. “Nobody Rides For Free” by Grant Hart (formerly of Husker Du), a music video directed by Laki Vazakas.
13. Words Without Borders is braving the teen terrain.
15. Kathy Acker is getting some respect at the swanky HTML Giant.
16. Late British writer Alan Sillitoe reflects on his fellow Angry Young Men of the 1950s, who apparently were not always as angry as they looked.
17. Peeking at political contributions by notable writers.
18. Jewcy Magazine, which seems to have gotten a welcome boost of energy from its new editor Jason Diamond, is putting on a show, “Yiderati”, featuring Rachel Shukert, Jami Attenberg and Sam Apple, at The Strand Bookstore in New York City on May 18.
19. There is some serious-ass old school hiphop going down at New York City’s Summerstage (which is apparently now taking place all over the city parks, not just Central Park) this year. DJ Kool Herc. Doug E. Fresh and DJ Dee Wiz. Nice and Smooth. Brand Nubian. Raphael Saddiq. Gil Scott-Heron. The mighty EPMD with Funkmaster Flex. Lisa Lisa. Big Daddy Kane. Somebody in the New York City Parks Department knows their stuff.