February 23, 2005

An Interview With David Foster Wallace

by Larry McCaffery [Rev. Contemporary Fiction]
Posted by cds at 04:23 PM

February 10, 2005

Neal Stephenson’s Past, Present, and Future

The author of the widely praised Baroque Cycle on science, markets, and post-9/11 America
by Mike Godwin [Reason]
Posted by cds at 06:10 PM

January 30, 2005

Europe vs. America

By Tony Judt [NY Review of Books]
Posted by cds at 02:51 PM

January 19, 2005

Kevin Shields

The Buddyhead Interview
by Aaron North [Buddyhead]
Posted by cds at 02:45 PM

December 31, 2004

Chris Ware’s Graphic Tales Mine His Own Life and Heart

by Neil Strauss [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 04:06 PM

December 28, 2004

The Vanishing

In “Collapse,” Jared Diamond shows how societies destroy themselves.
by Malcolm Gladwell [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 02:46 AM

December 27, 2004

Blame The New Yorker

by Walter Kirn [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:39 AM

December 02, 2004

Mr. Shawn’s Lost Tribe

The language and rituals and customs of the old ‘New Yorker’ are fast being forgotten. Renata Adler, with her first book in fifteen years, is the Last of the Mohicans.
By Michael Wolff [New York]
Posted by cds at 12:30 PM

November 25, 2004

The Comfort Zone

Growing up with Charlie Brown.
by Jonathan Franzen [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 03:42 AM

November 24, 2004

Citizen Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick’s films were landmark events—majestic, memorable and richly researched. But, as the years went by, the time between films grew longer and longer, and less and less was seen of the director. What on earth was he doing? Two years after his death, Jon Ronson was invited to the Kubrick estate and let loose among the fabled archive. He was looking for a solution to the mystery—this is what he found
by Jon Ronson [Guardian]
Posted by cds at 02:36 PM

November 11, 2004

Desert Island DJ

How John Peel helped shape American musical taste.
By Douglas Wolk [Slate]
Posted by cds at 02:15 PM

November 10, 2004

Outside the Box

Yoshio Taniguchi’s elegant expansion of the Modern.
by Paul Goldberger [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 10:47 AM

November 06, 2004

The Decline of Brands

Sure, there are more brands than ever. But they’re taking a beating—or, even worse, being ignored. Who’s to blame? A new breed of hyperinformed superconsumers.
By James Surowiecki [Wired]
Posted by cds at 03:38 PM

October 19, 2004

Two Type Designers, Joining Forces and Faces

By David W. Dunlap [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 02:12 PM

October 11, 2004

Truth Stranger Than ‘Strangelove’

by Fred Kaplan [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:03 PM

October 04, 2004

Where to Find Digital Lit

by David Orr [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:54 AM

September 30, 2004

The End Is Near

by Richard A. Posner [tnr]
Posted by cds at 10:25 PM

After the Fall

By Daniel Mendelsohn [NY Review of Books]

[Beware, this review gives away virtually every important plot point, and betrays a pedantic streak on the part of the reviewer dwarfed only by his lack of understanding of the characters and how they fit into the book's ‘message’  –ed.]

Posted by cds at 02:09 PM


Margaret Atwood’s genetically engineered nightmare.
by Lorrie Moore [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 01:52 PM

September 25, 2004

The Ketchup Conundrum

Mustard now comes in dozens of varieties. Why has ketchup stayed the same?
by Malcolm Gladwell [gladwell.com]
Posted by cds at 10:32 PM

Big and Bad

How the S.U.V. ran over automotive safety.
by Malcolm Gladwell [gladwell.com]
Posted by cds at 07:11 PM

September 16, 2004

Saved by the Beagle

A year ago, Seattle’s Fantagraphics was on the brink of bankruptcy. Now it’s in the black, thanks to good ol’ Charlie Brown—and a pair of dogged believers who turned a cranky fanzine into the most widely respected comics publisher in America.
by Michaelangelo Matos [Seattle Weekly]
Posted by cds at 08:08 PM

September 10, 2004

The Futile Pursuit of Happiness

by Jon Gertner [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 02:08 PM

August 25, 2004

The Big One

Historians rethink the war to end all wars.
by Adam Gopnik [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 12:46 PM

August 06, 2004

Who’s Got the Acid?

These days, almost nobody.
By Ryan Grim [Slate]
Posted by cds at 12:42 AM

July 12, 2004

Not Funnies

By Charles Mcgrath [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 11:17 AM

June 30, 2004

The horror, the horror

David Foster Wallace delves into the heart of human darkness in his chilling new story collection.
By Laura Miller [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:59 AM

May 27, 2004

‘On Paradise Drive’: Sociology or Shtick?

By Michael Kinsley [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 05:28 PM

April 28, 2004

Tense Present

Democracy, English, and the Wars over Usage
By David Foster Wallace [Harper’s]
Posted by cds at 02:27 PM

April 07, 2004

Don’t Look Back

“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
By Anthony Lane [New Yorker]
Posted by cds at 01:55 PM

November 22, 2003

The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know

The giant retailer’s low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart’s relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?
By Charles Fishman [Fast Company]
Posted by cds at 12:28 AM

November 21, 2003

The media octopus loses a tentacle

Congress has dealt Bush a stinging defeat on the fcc’s relaxed new ownership rules—and is threatening to strike a fatal blow.
By Eric Boehlert [Salon]
Posted by cds at 07:12 PM

November 07, 2003

Vaulting Ambivalence

By A. O. Scott [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 12:45 AM

November 05, 2003

Eye Do

What does the New York Times redesign say about its self-image?
By Christopher Hawthorne [Slate]
Posted by cds at 07:51 PM

November 04, 2003

Ira Glass

By Nathan Rabin [The AV Club]
Posted by cds at 06:42 PM

October 28, 2003

Form and Dysfunction

Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things and Jordan Melamed’s Manic
by Scott Foundas [LA Weekly]
Posted by cds at 12:49 PM

Infinity, iyi

By Georg: David Foster Wallace stares into a mathematical abyss and lives to write about it
by Dennis Lim [Village Voice]
Posted by cds at 12:14 PM

October 22, 2003

New York in Reverse

Elliott Smith’s idea of heaven was modest, like everything else about the songwriter.
By Alex Abramovich [Slate]
Posted by cds at 11:00 PM

Elliott Smith Dead at 34

by Will Bryant [Pitchfork]
Posted by cds at 06:41 PM

Elliott Smith, 1969–2003

Despite his success, the fragile and brilliant alt-troubadour never seemed comfortable with his career—or his life.
By Sarah Schmelling [Salon]
Posted by cds at 05:53 PM

Going for baroque

Neal Stephenson’s new “Quicksilver” takes a fantastical, circuitous tour of the 17th century in search of the roots of science and the nature of the universe.
By Andrew Leonard [Salon]
Posted by cds at 04:08 PM

October 21, 2003

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

One of the Longest, Most Difficult, Most Ambitious Novels in Years
By Richard Locke [NY Times]
Posted by cds at 05:20 PM

October 09, 2003

Neil Postman: A civilized man in a century of barbarism

A former student remembers a teacher who never stopped raking the worlds of Big Media and technology with his savage wit.
By Jay Rosen [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:20 PM

October 07, 2003

The kids are alright

Indie godhead Richard Linklater on teaching fifth-graders to shred for “School of Rock,” the amazing Jack Black and moving from the margins to the mainstream—and back again.
By Scott Thill [Salon]
Posted by cds at 11:55 PM