Brooklyn! Tonight I have the pleasure of chatting with my friend Stephin Merritt about his new book, 101 Two-Letter Words, illustrated by Roz Chast. The book is hilarious and witty and truly USEFUL for those of us who are addicted to playing Words with Friends and/or Scrabble.
As a bonus, I’ve asked Stephin to play the song that he sang at my wedding, and he has agreed. So that’s exciting! He rarely, rarely, rarely plays it live. So come! 7pm! Tonight! Powerhouse, in Dumbo.
Everyone catch all that? Brooklyn. Tonight (10/21). Rare Stephin Merritt performance. The charming Emma Straub. See you there.
We’re very happy to offer a first look at the trailer for Brooks Headley’s first book, Fancy Desserts. In a move consistent with the utter predictability of most of his work, Headley has put together a video that features everything you’ve come to expect from video promoting a pastry book: men kissing, overtures to satanic worship, a dapper Italian man massaging a lump of Jell-O.
The handsome host is none other than the one-time Sassy hearththrob and ex-patriot of the Nation of Ulysses Ian Svenonius. The video was reputedly made by Eric Wareheim, once featured in the pages of our fine magazine jamming a whole quail into his mouth, who puppetmasters many forms of entertainment that you should seek out, including this cooking show and The Eric Andre Show, which is the very apotheosis of what a late night show could ever aspire to.
We will have more to say about Mr. Headley’s book later this week. Go buy it in the meantime—there’s nothing more punk than buying a book online!
Brooks Headley’s Fancy Desserts…making every day sweet and delicious and delectable.
Blake Bailey, authorized biographer of Philip Roth, continues to wait patiently for Roth to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
"Very ambitious and very successful…One of Mukherjee’s great gifts is precisely his capacity to imagine the lives of others…Neel Mukherjee terrifies and delights us simultaneously.” —A. S. Byatt, The Guardian
Shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, Neel Mukherjee's second novel, The Lives of Others, goes on sale in the US today.
Read an excerpt on Medium.
KIMIKO HAHN—ON TOUR FOR BRAIN FEVER
"This is a beautiful and troubling book, a marriage of what matters most: the mysteries buried at our very core and the world that cradles and cuts into us at every turn.”—Tracy K. Smith
10/16 — Brooklyn, NY — Terrace Books, with Thomas Dooley
10/17 — Cambridge, MA — Grolier Poetry Book Shop
10/18 — New York, NY — American Poet Reading & Publication Party, The New School
10/21 — Albany, NY — New York State Writers Institute, University of Albany, with Edward Hirsch and Marie Howe
10/26 — Brooklyn, NY — Eagle and Wren reading series, Two Moon Art House & Café
11/14 — New York, NY — Cornelia Street Café