Selena Gomez Escapes from Cracker Barrel

If you’ve read Amelia Gray’s amazing THREATS you know she’s got a flair for making the normal weird and the weird . . . well, weirder. So it should come as no surprise that when she tackles something as ostensibly normal as a celebrity profile, she’s going to throw in some patron saints, childhood encounters with ghosts, extracts from self-help books, and more than one mention of Cracker Barrel. Here’s Amelia’s profile of Spring Breakers star Selena Gomez in Flaunt magazine.

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Posted 12/19/13 Posted December 19, 2013

John Freeman on Writers Asking Questions

What’s it like to eat sushi with David Foster Wallace? To have scones with Kazuo Ishiguro and get grilled by Louise Erdich? John Freeman knows all of these things, and now that he’s in the middle of his tour for How to Read a Novelist, we get to hear him talk about them with some of the very writers he’s profiled in his book. It’s a weird exercise—to turn the tables on the interviewer—and John’s written about the experience beautifully at The Paris Review Daily.

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Posted 11/06/13 Posted November 6, 2013

The World of Ajax Penumbra

In honor of the publication of Robin Sloan’s Ajax Penumbra 1969, his digital original prequel to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore that chronicles Mr. Penumbra’s first visit to the City by the Bay in the year 1969 A.D., we are inaugurating a series of posts to help show what the city looked like way back then - when the city was perhaps no longer the full-blown Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test of the Summer of Love (1967) but also wasn’t quite yet the gritty streets patrolled by Dirty Harry or even Karl Malden and a fluffy-haired Michael Douglas in The Streets of San Francisco.

In Ajax Penumbra 1969, young, intrepid Mr. P. “passes a construction site where a wide ziggurat reaches for the sky and a placard promises THE FUTURE SITE OF THE TRANSAMERICA PYRAMID above a fine-lined rendering of a shining spear.” It’s a sign of a city leaning forward into the future. And while we’d all recognize that lovely “pyramid” now - well, we all had to start somewhere:


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Posted 09/26/13 Posted September 26, 2013

What the f*ck do you have in your pockets?

“A most unusual love story unravels when the objects in a young man’s pockets come to life . . .” Check out Goran Ducik’s film adaptation of “What Do We Have in Our Pockets?” by Etgar Keret, which just made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Posted 09/23/13 Posted September 23, 2013

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