Posts Tagged ‘David Foster Wallace’

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace and Mark Costello
It's nice to see white intellectuals taking on hip-hop, just like it's nice to see narcissistic dads deign to put down their Smartphones to give their daughters bad advice about shooting free throws at the [...]

Six Great Works of Short Fiction From 2011

Short-story collections have a way of getting, er, short shrift when top-10 season rolls around. In part that's because they have to meet an impossible standard: A novel is usually obligated to sustain only one tone and a handful of themes across its pages, while the short-story writer has to play with multiple tones and [...]

Five Books I’d Read

in which the author discusses five books he'd read, if time permitted.

1. My Infamous Life: The Autobiography of Mobb Deep's Prodigy, by Albert "Prodigy" Johnson with Laura Checkoway.
"Who's that peepin' in my window/POW!/Nobody now." Was that Mobb Deep? Or was it Cee-Lo? Or—wait. Was Cee-Lo in Mobb Deep? Maybe it was Prodigy. Damn. Knowing a [...]

Arts Roundup: The Crushing Tedium of Modern Life Edition

Bad Impressions: WaPo's Dan Zak looks into the troubled history of Susan J. Burns, the woman who attacked (but did not damage) a Gauguin painting at the National Gallery last week. Highlights: She assaulted a police officer in 2000 and went to jail for a year; in July 2002, she returned to a department store [...]

Ian Svenonius: Naval God

It's official: Cruise ships are now akin to public utilities. The industry is no longer worth viewing with irony or suspicion. The boats go out and they come back. There might be rock 'n' roll on some of the boats, there might not be. On at least one of the boats, Ian Svenonius will be [...]

Maggots, Watermelon, and Mother Rooney Unscrolls the Hurt: The Best Q&As of 2010

Welcome to listicle season, suckas! With arts editor Jonathan L. Fischer quarantined for rabies (RIP), we are going to start running some motherfucking annotated lists of things that we like up in here!
For starters, a list of badass Q&As ‘we’ read this year. Observe the Q&A; most abused and mocked of all content/gimmicks:

Between Two Ferns [...]

Arts Roundup: ‘Russian Rickroll’ Edition

Good morning! Yesterday I learned about the Russian Rickroll! I'm fairly late to the party on this one, I gather. Nevertheless: Guess where this roundup is going!
Long before she became the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar, Kathryn Bigelow directed a New Order video, in which she dressed the synthpop heavies up as [...]