A New Canadian Myth for New Canadian Times by... →
“We live in a place where the official rewards aren’t so grand, but that means something else happens: Artists slide between mediums, they work on each others’ projects, and new forms emerge.”
The Believer Logger: Gun Guys →
believermag: Dan Baum is the author of Gun Guys which documents how he – a Jewish liberal Democrat – strapped on a Colt Detective Special .38 revolver, left his comfortable home and family in Boulder, Colorado, and undertook a walkabout to meet his fellow gun lovers. His goal: to confront his inner…
believermag: Our very own Sheila Heti, half of the Believer interviews editorial team, is included in TIME’s poll to help decide the 2013 TIME 100. As an artist, an editor, an acquaintance, and a human, we think Sheila is tops, and we couldn’t be more proud to see her included here for How Should a Person Be?, “among the most-talked-about books of 2012,” or happy to click the little button next...
The American paperback comes out in June! I really love this gentle new cover. And a question for you: Should I be on the Times 100 list? Vote here.
THE AGE OF CELEBRITY SEX TAPES AND EXECUTION...
In If You Won’t Read, Then Why Should I Write? (Penny-Ante Editions) Jarrett Kobek uses transcriptions of celebrity sex tapes to trace a narrative through decadent, post-internet celebrity in America. Beginning with Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee’s 1998 honeymoon tape, fragments of amusingly vapid dialogue are juxtaposed with the celebrity’s criminal history (on inlaid black strips of paper) to...
A fair and generous woman is (at best) respected, but seldom loved.– the realest of talk from Redstockings co-conspirator Shulamith Firestone. (via theothernwa)
I Will Speak Daggers
bombmagazine: Margaux Williamson on her performance piece How to Act in Real Life, her film Teenager Hamlet, and being a character in Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be?
Roxane Gay is Spelled With One "N": What I Read,... →
Love this list, all her lists! roxanegay: Sometimes, I’m conflicted. I do not want to be overly prescriptive. I don’t want to traffic in censure. We read what we read. We love what we love. At the end of each year, though, I am forced to consider the state of literary culture. These end of the year lists are very, very telling. I am watching them, quietly. I’m always interested in what other...
Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire: Herman Wouk
(Herman Wouk’s Marjorie Morningstar was one of the first “adult” books I read - I was 12 or so - and it blew my mind. I am happy to see that he is such a mensch. I love the Proust Questionnaires and this one, in particular. Usually one or two of the answers breaks your heart, but with this one the love just grows.) What is your idea of perfect happiness? Monogamy, with the right...
“I always think that females are insiders, and that female rebellion starts...– from my recent interview with Eileen Myles
How Should a Person Be? is chosen as one of the New York Times’s 100...– The New York Times
“Hello It’s Me” – Lou Reed & John Cale This is the final...– My entire 10-song playlist appears on Largehearted Boy.
amyohconnor asked: Finished "How Should A Person Be" at 2AM this morning. I adored it and you are amazing. That is all.
When a person starts crying and then stops, still you can easily start and stop four or five more times.
A really nice half-hour interview with Michael Silverblatt over at Bookworm, about How Should a Person Be?
A little adjustment
My luck in working at The Believer allows me to get books in the mail. Lately I have been receiving many, thanks to the help of Ida Yalzadeh, who is helping us with many things. Today I received Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “True Love,” and opened to the chapter “Overcoming Pride,” which is wonderful, and which I am excerpting below. I first saw this book on the shelves at...
The raw thrill of both “How Should a Person Be?” and “Girls” (and let me...– The New Yorker, “The Age of Girlfriends” by Anna Holmes
A sense of calm acts as a magnet on all hearts.– Baltasar Gracian
The Misleading Thermodynamic Theory of Being
“Modern psychology began to flourish at a time when the thermodynamics theory of heat and the theory of potential were finally put on a firm basis and clearly formulated by some of the most eminent scientists of that time. Thus, the idea that energy can neither be created nor destroyed became more or less common knowledge. Any educated person knew this, and it was quite natural to formulate...