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A Lost Interview with the Late Anthony Bourdain

A previously unpublished interview with the remarkable Anthony Bourdain, who is probably the only man who ever uttered: “Dishwashing saved my life.” He will be missed.

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Works by Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton Now French Treasures

As far as literary bedfellows are concerned, the Marquis de Sade and Andre Breton make for an odd pair. With a gulf of 72 years separating the former’s death and the latter’s birth, they might’ve twisted a shared tongue with their work — both were French — but there was to be no bed between…

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Friends with Bookends: New Works from Chensvold and Summers

Two writer pals I esteem offer new works this week. I heartily encourage acquiring these reads from Christian Chensvold and Lisa Summers. Chens and I did time together in the SoCo newspaper racket and later Hollywood — he’s now in the Big Apple, where his longform short story takes place, albeit on the eve of…

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’Tis a strange serpent – Drinking in Literature

From Viking magical mead poetry to Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall, here’s how writers have encapsulated an eternal boozy truth Source: ’Tis a strange serpent – 10 of the most entertaining drinking bouts in literature | Books | The Guardian I’ve written a few drunk scenes — pretty much any action in Quantum Deadline is…

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Chipotle Cups are Publishing’s New Porn

It used to be the pornographers who pioneered innovative ways to distribute their product, from the banal (like matchbooks and playing cards) to the once-cutting edge province of the Interweb. In the mid-90s, the Federal Communications Law Journal published an essay by attorney Peter Johnson that’succinctly captured porn’s opportunistic exploitation of media: “Throughout the history…

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Literary Criticism by Robots

Writers who fear that computers will someday displace them may shudder to learn that the machines won’t just write the books, they will read them too. In recent months, both researchers and literary critics are harnessing computational power to ‘read? books in an effort to divine qualities human writers and readers haven’t the bandwidth to…