penamerican:

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” - Roberto Bolaño, 2666

penamerican:

“Reading is like thinking, like praying, like talking to a friend, like expressing your ideas, like listening to other people’s ideas, like listening to music, like looking at the view, like taking a walk on the beach.” - Roberto Bolaño, 2666

(via mensahdemary)

"It’s difficult to separate Michael Hastings’s first and final novel The Last Magazine from his life and mysterious death. The book, which takes place at a publication named The Magazine from 2002-2007 in the run-up to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, stars two versions of the Michael Hastings of whom the public may know. The first is also named Mike Hastings, an observant, cynical intern fresh out of college. One can imagine the second (named A.E. Peoria) as a fictional stand-in for Michael Hastings the fast-talking, fast-writing war correspondent who brought down General Stanley McChrystal with his Rolling Stone profile in 2010. The fate of the late Hastings, who died last year at 33 in a high-speed, explosive single-car crash that spawned enough conspiracy theories to clog up Twitter feeds for weeks, is considerably more tragic that anything that happens in The Last Magazine, which is a very funny, bawdy romp through the final days of the ‘dead tree’ newsroom."
- Leland Cheuk reviews “The Last Magazine” by Michael Hastings for The Rumpus

books magazines Michael Hastings

guernicamag:

This fall Guernica will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary and publishing our first print edition, The Guernica Annual. Come celebrate the little magazine that could by hanging with us at our favorite bar on a summer day, listening to the musical tastes of our literary friends, playing shuffleboard, drinking beer & wine, and getting down with your bad self! Dogs and human friends welcome, so get the gang together and come on down!Tickets will go up to $25 at the door, so get yours here!

guernicamag:

This fall Guernica will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary and publishing our first print edition, The Guernica Annual. Come celebrate the little magazine that could by hanging with us at our favorite bar on a summer day, listening to the musical tastes of our literary friends, playing shuffleboard, drinking beer & wine, and getting down with your bad self! Dogs and human friends welcome, so get the gang together and come on down!

Tickets will go up to $25 at the door, so get yours here!

(via guernicamag)

Guernica Brooklyn NYC event lit

"The summer of 2003 was not The Summer I Learned to Trust My Instincts. My novel took a decade to write, and that decade was filled with self-doubt, self-doubt that is still very much with me, not least when writing this essay. What took root that summer – and has been lost and regained many times since, and will likely be lost and regained many times over the rest of my life – is a commitment to doing the best I can to trust my instincts, while maintaining skepticism and distance from them. It’s a quest doomed to failure, but it’s a quest I will continue."
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author David Burr Gerrard on summertime sadness, writing, and war (via Biographile)

Buy his book Short Century on Amazon – or, even better, your local bookstore.

David Burr Gerrard summer writing books