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Is It Propaganda If You Believe?

Issue #3 of Work in Progress is alive, well, and ambling about online. I’m especially pleased with this one, as I got to ask my friend Westin to contribute. Some know him as the drummer for The Thermals, or the creative force behind The Reformation. I know him as my old Seattle drinking buddy. We tossed a few ideas back and forth over email, and settled on pairing novels and records of unique affinity. Check ’em out, and let him know in the comments if you agree or not.

And because it’s awesome, here’s The Thermals’ new music video:

MORE: the incredibly brilliant Dan Bejar graciously answered my questions and forced interpretations of his lyrics; Rivka Galchen prods Chris Adrian for info about his next novel, coming out in 2011; Paris Review editor Lorin Stein looks back at Nobel laureate I.B. Singer on the occasion of The Magician of Lublin‘s 50th anniversary; and Lydia Davis reads new work at our most recent event at the Russian Samovar. The first story in the video is flat out funny, and will make you wish you thought of the conceit first:

Basically, all good stuff. Hope you enjoy it.

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The Best of the Best of the Paris Review

To a very particular sort of person, the Paris Review “Art of Fiction” & “Art of Poetry” interviews are pure heroin. Heroin as endorsed by Keith Richards, whispering in your ear, “You’ll never die. It opens the doors of perception. It’s better than everything else in the universe.”
I am exactly this kind of person.


This is why I fucking love Picador’s The Paris Review Interviews Vol. I-IV. To celebrate the arrival of Volume IV, they’re pressing a limited run of box sets of the whole shebang. Like, only 500 copies. And word is most are sold already via pre-order. I’m lucky enough to work with Picador, so I have my volumes. They’re well-thumbed and much-loved.

Some choice lines:
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