We kinda loved us some My Only Wife by Jac Jemc round here
My Only Wife opens with an epigraph from Emily Dickinson: “That those who know her, know her less, the nearer her they get.” This is the reader’s obsession and compulsion and joy, shared by the husband, who has been left, who recounts for us the stories of his wife. This novel is so well-written, so well-crafted, I was constantly torn between slowing down to linger in the wonderful prose and speeding up to chase the intoxicating story, which is to say, the intoxicating wife. A woman who rips pages from her favorite books, tosses the pages out of windows for passersby below to find and read. A woman who erases the first love letter her husband ever wrote her because it was written in pencil (and for a more heartbreaking reason I won’t divulge here). A woman who collects oral histories of strangers, records them secluded in a closet, out of earshot of her husband. A woman you’d expect to find in a foreign film, where women are celebrated for their strength and wit and independent spirit and unknowability. And while we are making comparisons to the movies, there is a Hitchockian ending I didn’t see coming (as one shouldn’t, Hitchcockian endings!). All in all, a brilliant novel I will add to my shelf of favorite books, alongside Memories of My Melancholy Whores and The Lover and I Look Divine and The Postman Always Rings Twice and Suicide and A Single Man. Books to read again and again. Books to obsess over and devour.
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Did the Poets.org Tumblr get hacked, or are we all being held hostage by the most asinine Dashboard vandal known to man? Rob, whoever you are, please return to wherever you are needed before this drags on any longer.
“A better answer as to why people dislike Nickelback is tautological: They hate them because they hate them. Sometimes it’s fun to hate things arbitrarily, and Nickelback has become an acceptable thing to hate. They’re technically rich and technically famous, so they just have to absorb the denigration and insist they don’t care. They have good songs and they have bad songs, and the bad songs are bad enough to build an anti-Nickelback argument, assuming you feel like that’s important. But it’s never required. It’s not like anyone is going to contradict your thesis. There’s no risk in hating Nickelback, and hating something always feels better than feeling nothing at all.”—
“It’s the same thing with rap. This thing is fierce, and it can be all fun, or it can be life and death, because we all witness how words can form to create drama. You’ve really got to realize that words are the most powerful thing in the world. I mean a singer may put 20 words in eight bars. A rapper may put 140 words in eight bars so it’s a lot being said. A lot of words have a lot of weight in them.”—
As announced on Scott Aukerman’s Comedy Bang Bang podcast, Comedy Central (and presumably FunnyorDie) are getting all Barbara Walters on your ass and bringing you a brand new Between Two Ferns interview special before The Comedy Awards.
The series makes its jump to television with a half hour special titled ‘Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York’, and will feature host Zach Galifianakis interviewing Tina Fey. Jon Stewart, and Sir Richard Branson. (My guess is that last one is someone in character. Will Ferrell maybe? Or Bill Hader?) This will also be Scott Aukerman’s TV directing debut, so congrats to him.
Look for that May 6th at 8:30 pm before The Comedy Awards.
In five years television screens will be half the size of a movie screen, they’ll occupy a whole wall. And people will just sit there. They’re not going to leave the house except to see something groovy, something that they can’t see at home.
The great future, not for creative writers, but for professional writers, is in television, because pay television is going to come in, and that will take the place of the art movies that exist now, and ordinary television will take the place of what now exists in movies. In twenty years, the movies that compete with TV and pay TV will have to be pretty far out. Otherwise people will simply hang with the tube.
“Nothing lasts forever. But—especially as it seems to me cities and humans are symbiotically and inextricably bound at this point—I hope cities have a good, long run. Plus, cities are beautiful creatures in their own right; and as with us, their vulnerability and ephemerality are part of that beauty.”—
Now that I am working on the 7th issue I have decided to offer the first issue of The End of the Fucking World available to read online. I’m trying out that issuu.com thingy to do it. Seems like a good way to read it. I recommend hitting that expand button to get…