emmastraub:

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. 
xoxo

Everyone catch all that? Brooklyn. Tonight (10/21). Rare Stephin Merritt performance. The charming Emma Straub. See you there.  High-res

emmastraub:

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. 

xoxo

Everyone catch all that? Brooklyn. Tonight (10/21). Rare Stephin Merritt performance. The charming Emma Straub. See you there

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luckypeach:

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. 

ransomcenter:

Read how John Lahr researched primary sources when writing his new biography, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” including his search through the Ransom Center’s collection. 

The nationalbook Foundation just announced that John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams (partially researched at the ransomcenter) is a Finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Nonfiction. 

ransomcenter:

Read how John Lahr researched primary sources when writing his new biography, “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh,” including his search through the Ransom Center’s collection. 

The nationalbook Foundation just announced that John Lahr’s biography of Tennessee Williams (partially researched at the ransomcenter) is a Finalist for the 2014 National Book Award in Nonfiction. 

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96 Tears

Artist

? & The Mysterians

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96 Tears

storyofpop:

By this time, literally thousands of American bands had swamped the local gig circuit and started recording their own 45s, some for majors, others for parent-funded labels. It was crude, lewd, and wildly exciting: the lustiest teenage fuzzbombs, like We the People’s “You Burn Me Up and Down,” usually sold nothing, but once in a while something raw broke through—the Standells’ “Dirty Water” (“lovers, muggers, and thieves—they’re cool people!”) reached number eleven in ’66; Count Five rebuilt and supercharged the Yardbirds’ “I’m a Man” as “Psychotic Reaction” (no. 5, ’66); and the Farfisa-driven squeaky sexual frustration of ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears,” entirely lovable because it was so basic, went all the way to number one. Unprocessed, undomesticated, and weird, this bastardized take on the beat boom became pop as surely as Simon and Garfunkel’s abreactive poetry quotes.

From Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncé by Bob Stanley, out now in hardcover and ebook.

A little Farfisa for your Friday, compliments of ? and the Mysterians. Story of Pop ​barrels on into the 60s. Coming up next: Motown.

Follow Story of Pop for more pop goodness. 

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