Your own star-gazing suit

If you’re like me, you’re usually standing around wondering how to dress like an 18th-century astronomer. So imagine my pleasure when I found : How to Dress Like and 18th-Century Astronomer over at AltasObscura. The suit is insulated with wool and flannel, and boasts a pair of built-in slippers to keep [Nevil] Maskelyne’s toes nice […]

Harper Lee’s true crime story

Casey Cep, who seems to be The New Yorker’s resident Harper Lee expert, is out with a Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee from Knopf. Alexandra Alter at The New York Times had a nice Q&A with her earlier this month. There are two intertwined mysteries at the heart of […]

Marisa Anderson should be in your earholes

Marisa Anderson (@MarisaMusic) is called an “experimental” guitarist, though I confess I don’t know what folks mean by that. The Portland, Oregon musician is an amazing guitarist. Above is a great little set she did at NPR and here’s an interview she did at BOMB. What is the sonic equivalent of a cloud? And how […]

What Monty Python taught George Saunders

LitHub had a Q&A with George Saunders, which provided this gem -> Which non-literary piece of culture—film, tv show, painting, song—could you not imagine your life without? Monty Python and the Holy Grail. It comes out of a very smart place that is political and yet never forgets to entertain and self-lacerate and be silly. For […]

Denis Johnson’s final novel

J. Robert Lennon, who teaches at Cornell and is a heck of a story writer himself, has a piece in The Nation about Denis Johnson’s The Largess of the Sea Maiden and this book’s relation to Jesus’ Son. “I’ve gone looking for that feeling everywhere,” Fuckhead tells us in “Car Crash,” a line that also […]

The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar

Jack Hitt had an amazing piece in the New York Times about John Kidd, “once celebrated as the greatest James Joyce scholar alive.” Two decades ago, a renowned professor promised to produce a flawless version of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated novels: “Ulysses.” Then he disappeared. Keep reading >>