This Week’s Reading, 20.5.12
This week: Marcel Proust playing air guitar, Harvey Pekar, Patti Smith’s poetry, and a defence of Nikola Tesla.
- Leader image: Das Fest des großen Wurmes.
- Iain Sinclair meets Gary Snyder. Mr Sinclair’s bookshelf, by the way, features a certain fantasy epic we recognise …
- New Chomu title revealed, four months in the making – “the literary and psychic equivalent of a tour around the edges of a dying galaxy in a spectacularly malfunctioning space vehicle.”
- Patti Smith reading her ‘Woolgathering’ poetry.
- Village Voice, iconic Paris-based English language bookshop, to close in July.
- Some fantastic Moby Dick illustrations.
- RIP, Carlos Fuentes.
- Plath’s poetry: “Can poetry be bad for you? Yes, but in a good way”.
- The Oatmeal on the greatest geek, Tesla.
- Susan Sontag in a bear costume! Marcel Proust playing tennis racquet guitar! And (from the comments) Bohumil Hrabal on a giant wooden chair! (Thanks, Danielle)
- A stack of new video readings from Jéanpaul Ferro’s Jazz, courtesy of Honest’s YouTube channel. While we’re on the subject, make sure you’re subscribed to Willie Smith – a more entertaining reader you’ll struggle to find.
- The incredible story of Marie Curie and Marcel Duchamp.
- Harvey Pekar’s final interview:
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